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.
Origin of jaçana
1640–50; < Portuguese jaçanã < Tupi jasaná
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Historical Examples of jacana
The most singular character of the jacana is its long toes and claws.
There are several species of “jacana” in South America, and also some species in the tropical countries of the East.
The Jacana belongs to a small family of birds with representatives throughout the tropics.
British Dictionary definitions for jacana
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
Word Origin for jaçana
C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná
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