What does the word whippoorwill mean?

Usage examples for whippoorwill

  1. The twilight is falling, The whippoorwill calling, The night is very near, And the darkness full of fear, Come home to my arms, come home! – The Poems of Henry Van Dyke by Henry Van Dyke
  2. That evening, as twilight settled down, Grandpa and Grandma and the children sat on the porch and listened to the lonely call of a whippoorwill from the neighboring woods. – A Hive of Busy Bees by Effie M. Williams
  3. An hour after, Hilda was sitting by the window of her own room, looking listlessly out on the soft summer evening, and listening to the melancholy cry of the whippoorwill, when she heard voices below. – Queen Hildegarde by Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards