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anhinga

[an-hing-guh] /ænˈhɪŋ gə/
noun
1.
any of various totipalmate swimming birds of the family Anhingidae, having a very long and flexible neck.
Also called snakebird, water turkey.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Portuguese < Tupi ayingá
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  • anhinga has a long, pointed bill and a much longer tail.
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anhinga

/ænˈhɪŋɡə/
noun
1.
another name for darter (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: via Portuguese from Tupi
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n.

American fishing bird (also called the snake-bird), 1769, from a Tupi word which sometimes is said to mean "snake-bird."

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