caracara

noun
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

Examples of caracara in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The striated caracara, found chiefly in the Falklands and on the southeast coast of South America, is the subject of Jonathan Meiburg's extraordinary book. Katherine A. Powers Washington Post, Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 The striated caracara, found chiefly in the Falklands and on the southeast coast of South America, is the subject of Meiburg’s extraordinary book. Washington Post, 7 May 2021 One poignant section of the book recounts the early 20th century extinction of the Guadalupe caracara. Sam Hodges, Dallas News, 23 Mar. 2021 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, BostonGlobe.com, 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, 21 Mar. 2018 At the 116-acre Central Florida Zoo, keepers with the exotic birds struggled to catch a stubborn caracara. CBS News, 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, 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, 9 Nov. 2016

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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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8 Jul 2021

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“Caracara.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caracara. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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