nighthawk

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From night +‎ hawk.

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nighthawk (plural nighthawks)

A nighthawk.
  1. (UK, regional) A nightjar, especially Caprimulgus europaeus. [from 17th c.]
  2. (US) A New World nightjar of the genus Chordeiles, especially Chordeiles minor. [from 18th c.]
    • 1929, Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms, Folio Society 2008, p. 91:
      The swallows circled around and I watched them and the night-hawks flying above the roofs and drank the Cinzano.
  3. A person whose preference or custom is to remain awake and active during the night and the early morning hours. [from 19th c.]

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