- any tropical American bird of the family Galbulidae, having a long bill and usually metallic green plumage above.
Origin of jacamar
1640–50; < French < Tupi jacamáciri
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Examples from the Web for jacamar
It was indeed a jacamar, of which the plumage shines with a metallic lustre.Abandoned
The smallest species of jacamar is very common in the dry savannas.
"That must be a jacamar," said Herbert, trying to get nearer.
It was indeed a jacamar, of which the plumage shines with a metallic luster.
Early in January the jacamar is in fine plumage for the cabinet of the naturalist.
- any bird of the tropical American family Galbulidae, having an iridescent plumage and feeding on insects: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
C19: from French, from Tupi jacamá-ciri