Definition of mopoke in English:

mopoke

noun

Australian
  • 1

    another term for boobook
    • ‘OK, they're actually called Boobook Owls, but all right-minded people call them mopokes due to their call.’
    • ‘Multiple species windbreaks can be a habitat for owls, mopokes and other predatory birds which will eat the rats, mice and other vermin that cause havoc within an orchard.’
    • ‘The sun suddenly sinks, and the mopokes burst out into horrible peels of semi human laughter.’
    1. 1.1 A tawny frogmouth (see frogmouth).
      • ‘The large tawny frogmouth, or mopoke, is found in most of Australia and in Tasmania.’

Origin

Early 19th century: imitative of the bird's cry.

Pronunciation:

mopoke

/ˈməʊpəʊk/