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motmot

[ mot-mot ]
/ ˈmɒt mɒt /
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noun
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.
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Origin of motmot

First recorded in 1625–35; from Latin American Spanish, from New Latin motmot; repetitive compound of imitative origin
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British Dictionary definitions for motmot

motmot
/ (ˈmɒtmɒt) /

noun
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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