• WordNet 3.6
    • n Caprimulgus type genus of the Caprimulgidae
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caprimulgus The typical and most extensive genus of goatsuckers, of the subfamily Caprimulginæ, formerly conterminous with the family Caprimulgidæ, but now commonly restricted to species strictly congeneric with the European goatsucker, night-jar, night-churr, or fern-owl, Caprimulgus europæus. In this acceptation of the genus, none of the species are American, the American whippoorwills, etc., being now usually included in the genus Antrostomus. There are upward of 30 species of Caprimulgus proper.
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In literature:

Quail, black-grey partridge, hares, continue; a goat-sucker (Caprimulgus,) was seen.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
I was glad you were pleased with my specimen of the caprimulgus, or fern-owl; you were, I find, acquainted with the bird before.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
Of the genus Caprimulgus one species was obtained; the specimen so poor that nothing can be made of it.
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
Cypselus apus and Caprimulgus species are rarely met with.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris