Hoopoe



[hoo-poo] /ˈhu pu/

noun
1.
any Old World bird of the family Upupidae, especially Upupa epops, of Europe, having an erectile, fanlike crest.
/ˈhuːpuː/
noun
1.
an Old World bird, Upupa epops, having a pinkish-brown plumage with black-and-white wings and an erectile crest: family Upupidae, order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
n.

1660s, from Latin upupa, imitative of its cry (cf. Greek epops “hoopoe”).

If anybody smears himself with the blood of this bird on his way to bed, he will have nightmares about suffocating devils. [Cambridge bestiary, 12c.]

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