Night-hawk



[nahyt-hawk] /ˈnaɪtˌhɔk/

noun
1.
any of several longwinged, American goatsuckers of the genus Chordeiles, related to the whippoorwill, especially C. minor, having variegated black, white, and buff plumage.
2.
the European goatsucker or nightjar, Caprimulgus europaeus.
3.
Informal. a person who is habitually up or moving about late at ; .
/ˈnaɪtˌhɔːk/
noun
1.
Also called bullbat, mosquito hawk. any American nightjar of the genus Chordeiles and related genera, having a dark plumage and, in the male, white patches on the wings and tail
2.
(informal) another name for night owl
n.

from 1610s in reference to various birds, from night + hawk (n.). Figurative sense of “one who stays up and is active at night” is from 1818.

(Heb. tahmas) occurs only in the list of unclean birds (Lev. 11:16; Deut. 14:15). This was supposed to be the night-jar (Caprimulgus), allied to the swifts. The Hebrew word is derived from a root meaning “to scratch or tear the face,” and may be best rendered, in accordance with the ancient versions, “an owl” (Strix flammea). The Revised Version renders “night-hawk.”

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