caracara

[kahr-uh-kahr-uh, kar-uh-kar-uh]
noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for caracara

Historical Examples of caracara

  • They are usually known in localities where they are found, as Caracara Eagles.

    Bird Guide

    Chester A. Reed

  • The Caracara will craftily follow the sportsman, and steal away game that is not quickly bagged.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • The Caracara lays two eggs; the nest is generally placed on the ground among brushwood.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • The flight of the caracara is heavy and slow, and it is generally an inactive, tame, and cowardly bird.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It will frequently wait, as does the caracara, at the mouth of a rabbit-hole, and seize on the animal when it comes out.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for caracara

caracara

noun
  1. 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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