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 for Night hawk
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Goatsucker \Goat"suck`er\, n. (Zool.)
     One of several species of insectivorous birds, belonging to
     Caprimulgus and allied genera, esp. the European species
     ({Caprimulgus Europ[ae]us); -- so called from the mistaken
     notion that it sucks goats. The European species is also
     goat-milker, goat owl, goat chaffer, fern owl, night
     hawk, nightjar, night churr, churr-owl, gnat hawk,
     and dorhawk.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Night \Night\ (n[imac]t), n. [OE. night, niht, AS. neaht, niht;
     akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. n[=o]tt,
     Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nahts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche,
     W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox, noctis, Gr. ny`x, nykto`s, Skr.
     nakta, nakti. [root]265. Cf. Equinox, Nocturnal.]
     1. That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the
        horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise; esp., the
        time between dusk and dawn, when there is no light of the
        sun, but only moonlight, starlight, or artificial light.
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              And God called the light Day, and the darkness he
              called Night.                         --Gen. i. 5.
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     2. Hence:
        (a) Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
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                  Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night.
                                                    --Pope.
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        (b) Intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance.
        (c) A state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night
            of sorrow.
        (d) The period after the close of life; death.
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                  She closed her eyes in everlasting night.
                                                    --Dryden.
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                  Do not go gentle into that good night
                  Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
                                                    --Dylan
                                                    Thomas.
            [PJC]
        (e) A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems
            to sleep. "Sad winter's night". --Spenser.
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     Note: Night is sometimes used, esp. with participles, in the
           formation of self-explaining compounds; as,
           night-blooming, night-born, night-warbling, etc.
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     Night by night, Night after night, nightly; many nights.
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              So help me God, as I have watched the night,
              Ay, night by night, in studying good for England.
                                                    --Shak.
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     Night bird. (Zool.)
        (a) The moor hen ({Gallinula chloropus).
        (b) The Manx shearwater ({Puffinus Anglorum).
  
     Night blindness. (Med.) See Hemeralopia.
  
     Night cart, a cart used to remove the contents of privies
        by night.
  
     Night churr, (Zool.), the nightjar.
  
     Night crow, a bird that cries in the night.
  
     Night dog, a dog that hunts in the night, -- used by
        poachers.
  
     Night fire.
        (a) Fire burning in the night.
        (b) Ignis fatuus; Will-o'-the-wisp; Jask-with-a-lantern.
            
  
     Night flyer (Zool.), any creature that flies in the night,
        as some birds and insects.
  
     night glass, a spyglass constructed to concentrate a large
        amount of light, so as see objects distinctly at night.
        --Totten.
  
     Night green, iodine green.
  
     Night hag, a witch supposed to wander in the night.
  
     Night hawk (Zool.), an American bird ({Chordeiles
        Virginianus), allied to the goatsucker. It hunts the
        insects on which it feeds toward evening, on the wing, and
        often, diving down perpendicularly, produces a loud
        whirring sound, like that of a spinning wheel. Also
        sometimes applied to the European goatsuckers. It is
        called also bull bat.
  
     Night heron (Zool.), any one of several species of herons
        of the genus Nycticorax, found in various parts of the
        world. The best known species is Nycticorax griseus, or
        Nycticorax nycticorax, of Europe, and the American
        variety (var. naevius). The yellow-crowned night heron
        ({Nyctanassa violacea syn. Nycticorax violaceus)
        inhabits the Southern States. Called also qua-bird, and
        squawk.
  
     Night house, a public house, or inn, which is open at
        night.
  
     Night key, a key for unfastening a night latch.
  
     Night latch, a kind of latch for a door, which is operated
        from the outside by a key.
  
     Night monkey (Zool.), an owl monkey.
  
     night moth (Zool.), any one of the noctuids.
  
     Night parrot (Zool.), the kakapo.
  
     Night piece, a painting representing some night scene, as a
        moonlight effect, or the like.
  
     Night rail, a loose robe, or garment, worn either as a
        nightgown, or over the dress at night, or in sickness.
        [Obs.]
  
     Night raven (Zool.), a bird of ill omen that cries in the
        night; esp., the bittern.
  
     Night rule.
        (a) A tumult, or frolic, in the night; -- as if a
            corruption, of night revel. [Obs.]
        (b) Such conduct as generally rules, or prevails, at
            night.
  
                  What night rule now about this haunted grove?
                                                    --Shak.
  
     Night sight. (Med.) See Nyctolopia.
  
     Night snap, a night thief. [Cant] --Beau. & Fl.
  
     Night soil, human excrement; -- so called because in cities
        it is collected by night and carried away for manure.
  
     Night spell, a charm against accidents at night.
  
     Night swallow (Zool.), the nightjar.
  
     Night walk, a walk in the evening or night.
  
     Night walker.
        (a) One who walks in his sleep; a somnambulist; a
            noctambulist.
        (b) One who roves about in the night for evil purposes;
            specifically, a prostitute who walks the streets.
  
     Night walking.
        (a) Walking in one's sleep; sleep walking; somnambulism;
            noctambulism.
        (b) Walking the streets at night with evil designs.
  
     Night warbler (Zool.), the sedge warbler ({Acrocephalus
        phragmitis); -- called also night singer. [Prov. Eng.]
        
  
     Night watch.
        (a) A period in the night, as distinguished by the change
            of watch.
        (b) A watch, or guard, to aford protection in the night.
            
  
     Night watcher, one who watches in the night; especially,
        one who watches with evil designs.
  
     Night witch. Same as Night hag, above.
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