hoopoe

[ hoo-poo ]
/ ˈhu pu /
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noun

any Old World bird of the family Upupidae, especially Upupa epops, of Europe, having an erectile, fanlike crest.

Origin of hoopoe

1660–70; variant of obsolete hoopoop (imitative); cognate with Low German huppup; compare Latin upupa
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hoopoe

/ (ˈhuːpuː) /

noun

an Old World bird, Upupa epops, having a pinkish-brown plumage with black-and-white wings and an erectile crest: family Upupidae, order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)

Word Origin for hoopoe

C17: from earlier hoopoop, of imitative origin; compare Latin upupa
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Word Origin and History for hoopoe

hoopoe


n.

1660s, from Latin upupa, imitative of its cry (cf. Greek epops "hoopoe").

If anybody smears himself with the blood of this bird on his way to bed, he will have nightmares about suffocating devils. [Cambridge bestiary, 12c.]
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