macaw


noun

  1. any of various large, long-tailed parrots, chiefly of the genus Ara, of tropical and subtropical America, noted for their brilliant plumage and harsh voice.

noun

  1. any large tropical American parrot of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus, having a long tail and brilliant plumage

n.species of large, long-tailed birds, 1660s, from Portuguese macau, from a word in a Brazilian language, perhaps Tupi macavuana, which may be the name of a type of palm tree the fruit of which the birds eat.

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