an·​hin·​ga | \ an-ˈhiŋ-gə How to pronounce anhinga (audio) \

Definition of anhinga

: any of a genus (Anhinga) of fish-eating birds related to the cormorants but distinguished by a longer neck and sharply pointed rather than hooked bill especially : one (A. anhinga) occurring from the southern U.S. to Argentina

Examples of anhinga in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Birds required to be protected include anhinga, cormorant, great blue heron, great egret and snowy egret, all of which have different nesting periods. Mark Schleifstein,, 14 Dec. 2017 Anhinga Amble, 10:30-11:20 a.m. Saturday at Everglades National Park at Royal Palm. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, 17 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'anhinga.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of anhinga

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anhinga

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Tupi ayíŋa (phonetically ãĩŋã)

Note: This word entered zoological literature through Georg Marcgrave and Willem Piso's Historia naturalis Brasiliae (Leiden and Amsterdam, 1648), p. 218, though it does not appear to be otherwise documented in Tupi before attestations in 19th-century Amazonian Lingua Geral (a Tupi-based lingua franca). Not an entry in Antônio Geraldo da Cunha, Dicionário histórico das palavras portuguesas de origem tupi (São Paulo, 1978); the usual names for the bird in Brazil are carará and biguatinga (both also from Tupi). The genus name was introduced by Mathurin Jacques Brisson in Ornithologie, ou Méthode Contenant la Division des Oiseaux (Paris, 1760), vol. 6, pp. 476-79, based on Marcgrave and Piso.

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About anhinga

Time Traveler for anhinga

Time Traveler

The first known use of anhinga was in 1769

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near anhinga




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for anhinga

Cite this Entry

“Anhinga.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on anhinga Encyclopedia article about anhinga


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!