- a blue-faced, crested bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, of the Amazon and Orinoco forests, having as a nestling a large, temporary claw on the second and third digits of the forelimb, for climbing among the tree branches.
Origin of hoatzin
1655–65; ≪ Nahuatl huāctzīn, huāhtzīn name for several hen-sized birds of the Valley of Mexico, apparently applied indiscriminately by early naturalists to similar New World birds
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Examples from the Web for hoatzin
The other tribe is represented by that strange bird the hoatzin of the Amazon.
But it is not nearly so long as in the hoatzin, and there is no terminal claw.
The flight of the hoatzin resembles that of an over-fed hen.
Such is the normal right destiny of a hoatzin chick, and the whee-og!
A hoatzin which may have been crouched close to the slain bird would continue to preen its plumage without a glance downward.
- a unique South American gallinaceous bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, with a brownish plumage, a very small crested head, and clawed wing digits in the young: family Opisthocomidae
C17: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl uatzin pheasant
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