guacharo

[ gwah-chuh-roh ]

noun,plural gua·cha·ros.
  1. a nocturnal, fruit-eating, South American bird, Steatornis caripensis, the young of which yield an oil derived from their fat.

Origin of guacharo

1
First recorded in 1820–30; from South American Spanish guácharo, from guacho “vagabond,” from Quechua wakcha “orphan, poor person” (perhaps because of the bird's sad-sounding cries)

Words Nearby guacharo

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How to use guacharo in a sentence

  • To go down into the guacharo signifies in their language to die.

  • One afternoon we made an attempt on the other guacharo cave, which lies in the cliff on the landward side of the Monos Boca.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley
  • The following morning early we rowed away again, full of longing, but not of hope, of reaching one or other of the guacharo caves.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley
  • There was another guacharo cave in the Monos channel, more under the lee.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley
  • We could see into and through the gap in Huevos, through which we had tried to reach the guacharo cave.

    At Last | Charles Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for guacharo

guacharo

/ (ˈɡwɑːtʃəˌrəʊ) /


nounplural -ros
  1. another name for oilbird

Origin of guacharo

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C19: from Spanish guácharo

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