macaw

[muh-kaw]
noun
  1. any of various large, long-tailed parrots, chiefly of the genus Ara, of tropical and subtropical America, noted for their brilliant plumage and harsh voice.

Origin of macaw

1660–70; < Portuguese macao, macau < Tupi makʾo
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macaw

noun
  1. any large tropical American parrot of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus, having a long tail and brilliant plumage

Word Origin for macaw

C17: from Portuguese macau, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for macaw
n.

species of large, long-tailed birds, 1660s, from Portuguese macau, from a word in a Brazilian language, perhaps Tupi macavuana, which may be the name of a type of palm tree the fruit of which the birds eat.

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