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cotinga

[koh-ting-guh, kuh-]
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noun
  1. any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.

Origin of cotinga

1775–85; < New Latin < French < Tupi
Also called bellbird.
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Examples from the Web for cotinga

Historical Examples

  • It is another species of the cotinga—the well-known campanero, or bell-bird.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It embraces as sub-genera the Cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for cotinga

cotinga

noun
  1. any tropical American passerine bird of the family Cotingidae, such as the umbrella bird and the cock-of-the-rock, having a broad slightly hooked billAlso called: chatterer
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