nighthawk definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several chiefly nocturnal birds of genus Chordeiles, specifically C. small, having mottled grayish-brown feathers with a white just right the wings. Also referred to as bullbat, mosquito hawk.
    • The European nightjar.
    • Informal A night owl.
    • A Brand New World nightjar.
    • people whose choice or custom is to remain awake and energetic throughout the night as well as the morning hours hours.
    • an American bird (Chordeiles Virginianus), allied toward goatsucker. It hunts the pests which it feeds toward night, from the wing, and often, diving down perpendicularly, creates a loud whirring sound, like this of a spinning wheel.
    • someone who wants to be energetic late at night; every night owl.
    • Any of a few mainly nocturnal North American goatsuckers, specially Chordeiles minor, and/or associated European goatsucker Caprimulgus europaeus, also called the nightjar.
    • A caprimulgine bird for the genus Chordeiles.
    • The night-jar or goatsucker, Caprimulgus curopæus.
    • certainly one of particular petrels of the genus Œstrelata: since, the white night-hawk or mutton-bird, Œ. lessoni.
    • one that prowls about through the night; specifically, a night cabman or his cab or horse.
    • mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker
    • a person who wants to be active belated through the night

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