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[kyoo r-uh-soh, kyoo-ras-oh] /ˈkyʊər əˌsoʊ, kyʊˈræs oʊ/
any of several large, arboreal, gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, of South and Central America.
Origin of curassow
First recorded in 1675-85; after Curaçao Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We first visited the tree on which he had set the snare for the curassow.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
  • Large birds, like the curassow, and also monkeys, were shot for food.

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Another type of curassow is the latter-mentioned hocco, a name said to be a native word in Guiana.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • “Now I must introduce my curassow turkey,” she said, calling another very handsome bird, almost as large as an ordinary turkey.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • “Crass,” (the name we gave to the curassow), soon became a great favourite, and made Quacko and Ara very jealous.

    The Wanderers W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for curassow


any gallinaceous ground-nesting bird of the family Cracidae, of S North, Central, and South America. Curassows have long legs and tails and, typically, a distinctive crest of curled feathers See also guan
Word Origin
C17: anglicized variant of Curaçao (island)
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