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  1. any of various totipalmate swimming birds of the family Anhingidae, having a very long and flexible neck.
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Origin of anhinga

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

  • The flesh of the anhinga is not valuable, as it is hard and tough.

    Adventures of a Young Naturalist

    Lucien Biart

  • He says he found a peculiar parasite in the brain of the Anhinga.

  • Ripley reports the occurrence of "about a dozen anhingas (presumably Anhinga melanogaster)" at Babelthuap on 12 November 1946.

  • It was an anhinga, one of the most singular specimens of web-footed birds that can be found anywhere.

  • The latter, I must confess, did not seem to us so nice as the dark-colored meat of the anhinga.

British Dictionary definitions for anhinga


  1. another name for darter (def. 1)
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Word Origin for anhinga

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


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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