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mopoke

noun
  1. Also called (NZ): ruru a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia the tawny frogmouth, Podargus strigoides, is very often wrongly identified as the mopoke
  2. Australian and NZ slang a slow or lugubrious person
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Also called (NZ): morepork

Word Origin

C19: imitative of the bird's cry
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Historical Examples

  • The wind swayed gently the branches of the great she-oaks as a mopoke's mournful note came from the gum trees.

    Jean, Our Little Australian Cousin

    Mary F. Nixon-Roulet

  • You'll never be missed in the dark, and I 'll light plenty of candles now, and dazzle the Mopoke.