• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Morepork (Zoöl) The Australian crested goatsucker (Ægotheles Novæ-Hollandiæ). Also applied to other allied birds, as Podargus Cuveiri.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morepork In Tasmania, a kind of goatsucker, Podargus cuvieri.
    • n morepork In New Zealand, a kind of owl, Sceloglaux noræ-zelandiæ.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So named from its cry


In literature:

The silence of night was only interrupted by the cries of the "morepork" in the minor key, like the mournful cuckoos of Europe.
"In Search of the Castaways" by Jules Verne
Somewhere, apparently at an immense distance, a morepork was chanting his monotonous cry.
"The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn" by Henry Kingsley