- 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
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Such is, no doubt, the manner in which the Motmot feeds; but his strong confirmation enables him to capture larger game.
When the Mexican motmot trims his two tail feathers with his beak, he merely makes diamond cut diamond.
- 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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