- any of several birds of the family Tinamidae, of South and Central America, related to the ratite birds but superficially resembling the gallinaceous birds.
Origin of tinamou
1775–85; < French < Carib tinamu
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The martinette (tinamou), a sort of intermediary between the partridge and the pheasant, is the best of the Pampas game.South America To-day
When surprised on the open ground the Ypecaha lies close, like a Tinamou, refusing to rise until almost trodden upon.
He was galloping over the pampas, with a very violent wind blowing in his face, when a Tinamou started up before his horse.
Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn
John R. Spears
- any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage
C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu
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