noun Upu·pa \ˈyüpyəpə\

Definition of Upupa

  1. :  a small genus (the type of the family Upupidae of the order Coraciiformes) of nonpasserine birds comprising the typical hoopoes

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Origin and Etymology of upupa

New Latin, from Latin, hoopoe, probably of imitative origin

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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