cotinga

[ koh-ting-guh, kuh- ]
/ koʊˈtɪŋ gə, kə- /

noun

any of several songbirds constituting the family Cotingidae of chiefly tropical New World regions.

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Also called bellbird.

Origin of cotinga

1775–85; <New Latin <French <Tupi
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Example sentences from the Web for cotinga

  • It embraces as sub-genera the Cotinga proper, the Caterpillar-eaters, and the Chatterers.

    Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
  • It is another species of the cotinga—the well-known campanero, or bell-bird.

    The Western World|W.H.G. Kingston
  • This cotinga is a solitary bird, and utters only a monotonous whistle, which sounds like quet.

    The Western World|W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for cotinga

cotinga
/ (kəˈtɪŋɡə) /

noun

any tropical American passerine bird of the family Cotingidae, such as the umbrella bird and the cock-of-the-rock, having a broad slightly hooked billAlso called: chatterer
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