Definition of hoopoe noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhuːpuː//
, BrE//ˈhuːpəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhuːpoʊ//
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an orange-pink bird with a long beak that curves downwards, black and white wings and a crest on its head See related entries: Birds Word Origin mid 17th cent.: alteration of obsolete hoop, from Old French huppe, from Latin upupa, imitative of the bird's call.