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motmot

[mot-mot] /ˈmɒt mɒt/
noun
1.
any of several tropical and subtropical American birds of the family Momotidae, related to the kingfishers, having a serrate bill and chiefly greenish and bluish plumage.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < American Spanish; repetitive compound, imitating the bird's note
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motmot

/ˈmɒtmɒt/
noun
1.
any tropical American bird of the family Momotidae, having a long tail and blue and brownish-green plumage: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
Word Origin
C19: from American Spanish, imitative of the bird's call
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Encyclopedia Article for motmot

any of about eight species of long-tailed forest birds of the family Momotidae (order Coraciiformes) of Central and South America. In six species the two central tail feathers are elongated and become racket-tipped as very brittle barbs (branches) along the shaft snap off in preening. Motmots are about 17 to 50 cm (6.5 to 20 inches) long and are mostly brownish green, often with touches of bright blue on the head or wings

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