<zoology> A nocturnal bird of South America and Trinidad (Steatornis Caripensis, or S. Steatornis); called also oilbird.

It resembles the goatsuckers and nighthawks, but feeds on fruits, and nests in caverns. A pure oil, used in place of butter, is extracted from the young by the natives.

Origin: Cf. Sp. Guacharo sickly, dropsical, guacharaca a sort of bird.

(01 Mar 1998)

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