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[ puhf-burd ]
/ ˈpʌfˌbɜrd /


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

Nearby words

puff piece, puff-adder, puff-ball, puff-puff, puffball, puffbird, puffed, puffed up, puffed-up, puffer, puffery

Origin of puffbird

First recorded in 1815–25; puff + bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for puffbird


/ (ˈpʌfˌbɜːd) /


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

Word Origin for puffbird

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