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  1. any of several tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, related to the barbets, having a large head with the feathers often fluffed out.
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Origin of puffbird

First recorded in 1815–25; puff + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for puffbird


  1. any of various brownish tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, having a large head: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
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Word Origin

C19: so called because of its habit of puffing out its feathers
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