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  1. 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

1625–35; < American Spanish; repetitive compound, imitating the bird's note
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Historical Examples of motmot

  • Such is, no doubt, the manner in which the Motmot feeds; but his strong confirmation enables him to capture larger game.

    Zoological Illustrations, or Original Figures and Descriptions. Volume II, Second Series

    William Swainson

  • When the Mexican motmot trims his two tail feathers with his beak, he merely makes diamond cut diamond.

British Dictionary definitions for motmot


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

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