guacharo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guacharo nocturnal fruit-eating bird of South America that has fatty young yielding an oil that is used instead of butter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Guacharo (Zoöl) A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad (Steatornis Caripensis, or S. steatornis); -- called also oilbird.☞ It resembles the goatsuckers and nighthawks, but feeds on fruits, and nests in caverns. A pure oil, used in place of butter, is extracted from the young by the natives.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n guacharo The oil-bird, Steatornis caripensis, a large goatsucker of the family Caprimulgidæ or placed in Steatornithidæ. It is one of the largest of its tribe, about equal to the domestic fowl in size, lives in caverns, is of nocturnal habits, and is valued for its oil. See Steatornis. See cut on preceding page.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Guacharo gwä′chä-rō the oil-bird, a South American nocturnal frugivorous goatsucker.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Sp. guácharo, sickly, dropsical, guacharaca, a sort of bird
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp.

Usage

In literature:

Now, it is these very Guacharo birds which are to me the most wonderful part of the story.
"Madam How and Lady Why or, First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children" by Charles Kingsley
The following morning early we rowed away again, full of longing, but not of hope, of reaching one or other of the Guacharo caves.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
To go down into the Guacharo signifies in their language to die.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
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