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A bird of the genus Podargus (family Podargidae), resembling a large nightjar and found in Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands; a frogmouth; especially (more fully "tawny-shouldered podargus") the tawny frogmouth, P. strigoides.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. From scientific Latin Podargus, genus name from ancient Greek πόδαργος swift-footed from ποδ-, πούς foot + ἀργός swift, probably the same word as ἀργός white, shining.
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