jaçana

jaçana

[zhah-suh-nah, jah-]
noun
any of several tropical, ploverlike, aquatic birds of the family Jacanidae, most of them having extremely long toes and claws for walking on floating water plants.
Also called lily-trotter.


Origin:
1640–50; < Portuguese jaçanã < Tupi jasaná

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jaçana (ˌʒɑːsəˈnɑː, ˌdʒæ-)
 
n
Also called: lily-trotter any bird of the family Jacanidae, of tropical and subtropical marshy regions, having long legs and very long toes that enable walking on floating plants: order Charadriiformes
 
[C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná]

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