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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.

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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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