[ mot-mot ]
/ ˈmɒt mɒt /


any of several tropical and subtropical American birds of the family Momotidae, related to the kingfishers, having a serrate bill and chiefly greenish and bluish plumage.

Origin of motmot

1625–35; < American Spanish; repetitive compound, imitating the bird's note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for motmot

/ (ˈmɒtmɒt) /


any tropical American bird of the family Momotidae, having a long tail and blue and brownish-green plumage: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)

Word Origin for motmot

C19: from American Spanish, imitative of the bird's call
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