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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tinamou
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • 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.

  • Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.

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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