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jaçana

[ zhah-suh-nah, jah- ]
/ ˌʒɑ səˈnɑ, ˌdʒɑ- /
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noun

any of several tropical, ploverlike, aquatic birds of the family Jacanidae, most of them having extremely long toes and claws for walking on floating water plants.

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Also called lily-trotter.

Origin of jaçana

1640–50; <Portuguese jaçanã<Tupi jasaná
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British Dictionary definitions for jaçana

jaçana
/ (ˌʒɑːsəˈnɑː, ˌdʒæ-) /

noun

any bird of the family Jacanidae, of tropical and subtropical marshy regions, having long legs and very long toes that enable walking on floating plants: order CharadriiformesAlso called: lily-trotter
C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná
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