Dictionary

hoatzin

noun hoa·tzin \wä(t)-ˈsēn\

Definition of HOATZIN

:  a crested large South American bird (Opisthocomos hoazin) with blue facial skin, red eyes, brown plumage marked with white above, and claws on the first and second digits of the wing when young

Illustration of HOATZIN

Origin of HOATZIN

ultimately from Nahuatl huāctzin the laughing falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)
First Known Use: 1661

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: hoax (verb)Previous Word in the Dictionary: hoast (verb)All Words Near: hoatzin
April 17, 2015
rebarbative Hear it
repellent, irritating
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears