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

  nighthawk \nighthawk\ n.
     1. A person who likes to be active late at night; a night
     Syn: night owl, nightbird.
          [WordNet 1.5]
     2. (Zool.) Any of several mainly nocturnal North American
        goatsuckers, especially Chordeiles minor, or the related
        European goatsucker Caprimulgus europaeus, also called
        the nightjar.
     Syn: bullbat, mosquito hawk.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a person who likes to be active late at night [syn: night
           owl, nighthawk, nightbird]
      2: mainly nocturnal North American goatsucker [syn: nighthawk,
         bullbat, mosquito hawk]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. tahmas) occurs only in the list of unclean birds (Lev.
     11:16; Deut. 14:15). This was supposed to be the night-jar
     (Caprimulgus), allied to the swifts. The Hebrew word is derived
     from a root meaning "to scratch or tear the face," and may be
     best rendered, in accordance with the ancient versions, "an owl"
     (Strix flammea). The Revised Version renders "night-hawk."

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