Definition of poorwill in English:

poorwill

noun

  • A small nightjar found mainly in central and western North America.

    Three genera in the family Caprimulgidae: four species, in particular the common poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii), which hibernates in cold weather

Origin

Late 19th century: imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

poorwill

/ˈpʊəwɪl//ˈpɔːwɪl/