- any Old World bird of the family Upupidae, especially Upupa epops, of Europe, having an erectile, fanlike crest.
Origin of hoopoe
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The flight of the hoopoe is undulating or jerky, like that of a butterfly.
The crest is the feature that distinguishes the hoopoe from all other birds.
Whether the following bird is meant for the Hoopoe, or the Lapwing, I know not.Curious Creatures in Zoology
Tereus is changed into a crested bird, either a hoopoe or a lapwing.
In Bavaria the hoopoe is said to play the part of attendant to the cuckoo.
- 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
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.]