[kahr-uh-kahr-uh, kar-uh-kar-uh]


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.

Nearby words

  1. carabinero,
  2. carabiniere,
  3. carabinieri,
  4. caracal,
  5. caracalla,
  6. caracas,
  7. carack,
  8. caracol,
  9. caracole,
  10. caractacus

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



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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