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hoatzin

[ hoh-at-sin, waht-sin ]
/ hoʊˈæt sɪn, ˈwɑt sɪn /
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noun
a blue-faced, crested bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, of the Amazon and Orinoco forests, having as a nestling a large, temporary claw on the second and third digits of the forelimb, for climbing among the tree branches.
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Also hoactzin.

Origin of hoatzin

1655–65; ≪ Nahuatl huāctzīn,huāhtzīn name for several hen-sized birds of the Valley of Mexico, apparently applied indiscriminately by early naturalists to similar New World birds
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British Dictionary definitions for hoatzin

hoatzin

hoactzin

/ (həʊˈætsɪn) /

noun
a unique South American gallinaceous bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, with a brownish plumage, a very small crested head, and clawed wing digits in the young: family Opisthocomidae

Word Origin for hoatzin

C17: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl uatzin pheasant
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