noun \mə-ˈk\

: a bird of South and Central America that has a long tail and bright colorful feathers

Full Definition of MACAW

:  any of numerous parrots (especially genus Ara) of South and Central America including some of the largest and showiest of parrots

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Origin of MACAW

Portuguese (now obsolete) macao
First Known Use: 1625


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 18 species of large tropical New World parrots (subfamily Psittacinae) with very long tails and big sickle-shaped beaks. Macaws eat fruits and nuts. They are easily tamed and often kept as pets; some learn to mimic human speech, but most only screech. A few have lived 65 years. Best known is the scarlet macaw (Ara macao), found from Mexico to Brazil, a 36-in. (90-cm) bright-red bird with blue and yellow wings, blue and red tail, and white face.


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