any of various large, long-tailed parrots, chiefly of the genus Ara, of tropical and subtropical America, noted for their brilliant plumage and harsh voice.

1660–70; < Portuguese macao, macau < Tupi makʾo Unabridged
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macaw (məˈkɔː)
any large tropical American parrot of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus, having a long tail and brilliant plumage
[C17: from Portuguese macau, of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"species of large, long-tailed birds," 1668, from Port. macau, from a word in a Brazilian language, perhaps Tupi macavuana, which may be the name of a type of palm tree the fruit of which the birds eat.
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Example sentences
One could hardly call him a crimson macaw among owls, and yet no ordinary
  contrast availed.
And has even nudged tha back door open and come inside to visit our macaw.
Live butterflies clung to curtains in the foyer and a screeching red macaw
  perched on a wooden sculpture.
Caiman continues to house scientific teams, and guests can participate in
  jaguar and hyacinth macaw research projects.
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