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mopoke

/ (ˈməʊˌpəʊk) /
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noun
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
Australian and NZ slang a slow or lugubrious person
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Also called (NZ): morepork

Word Origin for mopoke

C19: imitative of the bird's cry

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How to use mopoke in a sentence

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

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

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