[kyoo r-uh-soh, kyoo-ras-oh]
- any of several large, arboreal, gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, of South and Central America.
Origin of curassow
First recorded in 1675–85; after Curaçao
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We first visited the tree on which he had set the snare for the curassow.
Large birds, like the curassow, and also monkeys, were shot for food.Theodore Roosevelt
Edmund Lester Pearson
Another type of curassow is the latter-mentioned hocco, a name said to be a native word in Guiana.The American Egypt
“Now I must introduce my curassow turkey,” she said, calling another very handsome bird, almost as large as an ordinary turkey.On the Banks of the Amazon
“Crass,” (the name we gave to the curassow), soon became a great favourite, and made Quacko and Ara very jealous.
- any gallinaceous ground-nesting bird of the family Cracidae, of S North, Central, and South America. Curassows have long legs and tails and, typically, a distinctive crest of curled feathersSee also guan
C17: anglicized variant of Curaçao (island)
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