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jacamar

[jak-uh-mahr] /ˈdʒæk əˌmɑr/
noun
1.
any tropical American bird of the family Galbulidae, having a long bill and usually metallic green plumage above.
Origin of jacamar
1640-1650
1640-50; < French < Tupi jacamáciri
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  • Early in January the jacamar is in fine plumage for the cabinet of the naturalist.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • It was indeed a jacamar, of which the plumage shines with a metallic lustre.

    Abandoned Jules Verne
  • Its name amongst the Indians is una-waya-adoucati, that is, grandfather of the jacamar.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • The smallest species of jacamar is very common in the dry savannas.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • It was indeed a jacamar, of which the plumage shines with a metallic luster.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • "That must be a jacamar," said Herbert, trying to get nearer.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • And there was I, in a yellow gown with green embroideries, gay as a jacamar, jarring hideously on myself.

    Zuleika Dobson Max Beerbohm
  • jacamar, jak′a-mar, n. a South American bird something like a kingfisher.

  • There are four species of jacamar in Demerara; they are all beautiful; the largest, rich and superb in the extreme.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
  • The road led through jacamar Wood, which they traversed obliquely from southeast to northwest, and in the thickest part.

    The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for jacamar

jacamar

/ˈdʒækəˌmɑː/
noun
1.
any bird of the tropical American family Galbulidae, having an iridescent plumage and feeding on insects: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Tupi jacamá-ciri
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