morepork

/ (ˈmɔːˌpɔːk) /

noun NZ

Also called: (NZ) ruru a small spotted owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, of Australia and New Zealand
slang a slow or lugubrious person

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Also called: (Austral) mopoke
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Example sentences from the Web for morepork

  • The bell-bird and the tui sing a requiem over them by day, while the morepork and the kiwi wail for them at night.

  • The silence of night was only interrupted by the cries of the "morepork" in the minor key, like the mournful cuckoos of Europe.