Origin of hoopoe
Examples from the Web for hoopoe
The hoopoe (Upupa) is probably still rarer, since very few travellers mention it.
The cuckoo waited for a while for the hoopoe to return to him the tuft which he had lent her.
But, to describe the nesting operations of the hoopoe in January is like talking of cricket in April.A Bird Calendar for Northern India|Douglas Dewar
The cuckoo had made it lie down by singing “coo, coo,” but the hoopoe made it jump up by singing “up, up.”
The two wives were changed at their own request to nightingale and swallow, and Tereus became a hoopoe.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4|Lucian of Samosata
British Dictionary definitions for hoopoe
Word Origin for hoopoe
Word Origin and History for hoopoe
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.]