tinamou

tinamou

[tin-uh-moo]
noun
any of several birds of the family Tinamidae, of South and Central America, related to the ratite birds but superficially resembling the gallinaceous birds.

Origin:
1775–85; < French < Carib tinamu

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tinamou (ˈtɪnəˌmuː)
 
n
any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage
 
[C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu]

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tinamou

any of about 47 species of ground-dwelling birds found in Central and South America. Tinamous superficially resemble partridges and quail but have limited flight capability, preferring to walk or run rather than fly. Most inhabit forests, but some live in more open terrain. Drably coloured, tinamous blend into their surroundings, where they generally live alone or in small groups. The tinamou order has long interested scientists because many of the tinamous' features link them to the large flightless birds, or ratites (see ostrich, emu, cassowary, and rhea). The name is derived from a term used for the bird by a native tribe of the French Guiana-Suriname border region

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