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tinamou

[ tin-uh-moo ]
/ ˈtɪn əˌmu /
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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

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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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