chachalaca

[ chah-chuh-lah-kuh; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kah ]
/ ˌtʃɑ tʃəˈlɑ kə; Spanish ˌtʃɑ tʃɑˈlɑ kɑ /

noun, plural cha·cha·la·cas [chah-chuh-lah-kuhz; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kahs]. /ˌtʃɑ tʃəˈlɑ kəz; Spanish ˌtʃɑ tʃɑˈlɑ kɑs/.

any of several slender guans of the genus Ortalis, of Central America, Mexico, and southern Texas, having loud, harsh cries.

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Origin of chachalaca

1850–55, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish <Nahuatl: to chatter, especially of birds; compare Nahuatl chachalacametl the chachalaca
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