ca·​ra·​ca·​ra | \ ˌker-ə-ˈker-ə How to pronounce caracara (audio) , ˌka-rə-ˈka-rə; ˌker-ə-kə-ˈrä How to pronounce caracara (audio) , ˌka-rə-kə-ˈrä \

Definition of caracara

: any of various large long-legged hawks found from the southern U.S. to South America that are classified with the falcons

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Recent Examples on the Web To research his upcoming book about the twin fates of the caracara bird species and the 19th-century naturalist William Henry Hudson, Meiburg spent a month paddling upriver in the jungles of Guyana. Stephen Humphries,, "In the band Loma, a test of relationships, musical and otherwise," 1 May 2018 The fresh fennel and bitter radicchio and frisée mix mingles with paper-thin shavings of salty ricotta salata and juicy segments of caracara orange. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Lupo – one of Louisville's newest pizza restaurants – has already mastered the pie," 21 Mar. 2018 At the 116-acre Central Florida Zoo, keepers with the exotic birds struggled to catch a stubborn caracara. CBS News, "Florida zoos form "crisis management plan" to protect animals from Irma," 10 Sep. 2017 Taking the beet salad to the next level, this gorgeous version stars three varieties of beets alongside duck prosciutto, rhubarb, caracara oranges, pepper cress and seasonal berries. Laurie Delk, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Cool dishes to beat the heat," 29 Aug. 2017 In addition to these sphinxes of the Pacific, I was struck by a silence in which the cry of a caracara soaring in the distance was clear and piercing, and the click of a camera as disruptive to a meditative thought as a car horn. Eric Hiss, New York Times, "Rapa Nui Is Remote. And Then There’s Its Isolated North Coast," 9 Nov. 2016 It’s long been suspected that caracara might have a form of chemical protection against wasps. Gwen Pearson, WIRED, "This Wasp-Eating Falcon Laughs at Your Puny Stings," 26 Dec. 2013

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First Known Use of caracara

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caracara

Spanish caracara & Portuguese caracará, from Tupi karakará

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“Caracara.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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