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jaçana

[zhah-suh-nah, jah-] /ˌʒɑ səˈnɑ, ˌdʒɑ-/
noun
1.
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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Portuguese jaçanã < Tupi jasaná
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jaçana

/ˌʒɑːsəˈnɑː; ˌdʒæ-/
noun
1.
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 Also called lily-trotter
Word Origin
C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná
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any of several species of water birds belonging to the family Jacanidae of the order Charadriiformes. Jacanas are uniquely equipped with long straight claws for walking on floating vegetation. Like certain plovers, some jacanas have wing spurs

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