[chah-chuh-lah-kuh; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kah]
- any of several slender guans of the genus Ortalis, of Central America, Mexico, and southern Texas, having loud, harsh cries.
Origin of chachalaca
1850–55, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl: to chatter, especially of birds; compare Nahuatl chachalacametl the chachalaca
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