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[tin-uh-moo] /ˈtɪn əˌmu/
any of several birds of the family Tinamidae, of South and Central America, related to the ratite birds but superficially resembling the gallinaceous birds.
Origin of tinamou
1775-85; < French < Carib tinamu Unabridged
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  • Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.

  • When surprised on the open ground the Ypecaha lies close, like a tinamou, refusing to rise until almost trodden upon.

  • He was galloping over the pampas, with a very violent wind blowing in his face, when a tinamou started up before his horse.

  • The martinette (tinamou), a sort of intermediary between the partridge and the pheasant, is the best of the Pampas game.

    South America To-day Georges Clemenceau
British Dictionary definitions for tinamou


any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage
Word Origin
C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu
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