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hoatzin

[hoh-at-sin, waht-sin]
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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The other tribe is represented by that strange bird the hoatzin of the Amazon.

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • But it is not nearly so long as in the hoatzin, and there is no terminal claw.

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • The flight of the hoatzin resembles that of an over-fed hen.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • Such is the normal right destiny of a hoatzin chick, and the whee-og!

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • A hoatzin which may have been crouched close to the slain bird would continue to preen its plumage without a glance downward.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe


British Dictionary definitions for hoatzin

hoatzin

hoactzin

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C17: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl uatzin pheasant
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