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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.
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Origin of potoo

1840–50; orig. Jamaican English patoo; compare Twi patú owl
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  • He had been blockading the island of Potoo, where many English ladies had taken refuge.

    Jan Vedder's Wife

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr