any of several tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, related to the barbets, having a large head with the feathers often fluffed out.

1815–25; puff + bird

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puffbird (ˈpʌfˌbɜːd)
any of various brownish tropical American birds of the family Bucconidae, having a large head: order Piciformes (woodpeckers, etc)
[C19: so called because of its habit of puffing out its feathers]

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