tinamou

[ tin-uh-moo ]
/ ˈtɪn əˌmu /

noun

any of several birds of the family Tinamidae, of South and Central America, related to the ratite birds but superficially resembling the gallinaceous birds.

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Origin of tinamou

First recorded in 1775–85; from French, from Galibi (a Carib language spoken in French Guiana) tinamu

Words nearby tinamou

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Example sentences from the Web for tinamou

  • He was galloping over the pampas, with a very violent wind blowing in his face, when a Tinamou started up before his horse.

  • The martinette (tinamou), a sort of intermediary between the partridge and the pheasant, is the best of the Pampas game.

    South America To-day|Georges Clemenceau
  • When surprised on the open ground the Ypecaha lies close, like a Tinamou, refusing to rise until almost trodden upon.

  • Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.

British Dictionary definitions for tinamou

tinamou
/ (ˈtɪnəˌmuː) /

noun

any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage

Word Origin for tinamou

C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu
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