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chachalaca

[chah-chuh-lah-kuh; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kah] /ˌtʃɑ tʃəˈlɑ kə; Spanish ˌtʃɑ tʃɑˈlɑ kɑ/
noun, plural chachalacas
[chah-chuh-lah-kuh z; Spanish chah-chah-lah-kahs] /ˌtʃɑ tʃəˈlɑ kəz; Spanish ˌtʃɑ tʃɑˈlɑ kɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
any of several slender guans of the genus Ortalis, of Central America, Mexico, and southern Texas, having loud, harsh cries.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl: to chatter, especially of birds; compare Nahuatl chachalacametl the chachalaca
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