[ poh-too ]

noun,plural po·toos.
  1. any of several nocturnal birds of the family Nyctibiidae, of Mexico and Central and South America, related to the goatsuckers.

Origin of potoo

1840–50; originally Jamaican English patoo; compare Twi patú owl

Words Nearby potoo

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How to use potoo in a sentence

  • He had been blockading the island of potoo, where many English ladies had taken refuge.

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