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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 of jaçana
1640-1650
1640-50; < Portuguese jaçanã < Tupi jasaná
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  • The most singular character of the jacana is its long toes and claws.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The jacana belongs to a small family of birds with representatives throughout the tropics.

  • There are several species of “jacana” in South America, and also some species in the tropical countries of the East.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for jacana

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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