puffbird

[puhf-burd]

noun

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

  1. puff piece,
  2. puff-adder,
  3. puff-ball,
  4. puff-puff,
  5. puffball,
  6. puffed,
  7. puffed up,
  8. puffed-up,
  9. puffer,
  10. puffery

Origin of puffbird

First recorded in 1815–25; puff + bird

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British Dictionary definitions for puffbird

puffbird

noun

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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