Hoop"oe (?), Hoop"oo (?), n. [So called from its cry; cf. L. upupa, Gr. , D. hop, F. huppe; cf. also G. wiedenhopf, OHG. wituhopfo, lit., wood hopper.] Zool.
A European bird of the genus Upupa (U. epops), having a beautiful crest, which it can erect or depress at pleasure. Called also hoop, whoop. The name is also applied to several other species of the same genus and allied genera.
<-- Hoops. n. The game of basketball [Slang].
Hoopster. n. Basketball player. [Slang] -->
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