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Meaning of nightjar

night•jar

Pronunciation: (nīt'jär"), [key]
— n.
  1. a nocturnal European bird, Caprimulgus europaeus, of the family Caprimulgidae, having a short bill and a wide mouth and feeding on insects captured in the air.
  2. Also calledany other nocturnal or crepuscular bird of the family Caprimulgidae.
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