anhinga

[an-hing-guh]

Origin of anhinga

1760–70; < Portuguese < Tupi ayingá
Also called snakebird, water turkey.
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anhinga

noun
  1. another name for darter (def. 1)

Word Origin for anhinga

C18: via Portuguese from Tupi
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Word Origin and History for anhinga
n.

American fishing bird (also called the snake-bird), 1769, from a Tupi word which sometimes is said to mean "snake-bird."

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