[ kahr-uh-kahr-uh, kar-uh-kar-uh ]
/ ˌkɑr əˈkɑr ə, ˌkær əˈkær ə /


any of certain long-legged birds of prey of the falcon family, of the southern U.S. and Central and South America that feed on carrion.

Origin of caracara

1830–40; < Spanish or Portuguese < Tupi; imitative of its cry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for caracara


/ (ˌkɑːrəˈkɑːrə) /


any of various large carrion-eating diurnal birds of prey of the genera Caracara, Polyborus, etc, of S North, Central, and South America, having long legs and naked faces: family Falconidae (falcons)

Word Origin for caracara

C19: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupi; of imitative origin
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