chachalaca

noun cha·cha·la·ca \ˌchächəˈläkə\

Definition of chachalaca

plural

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  1. :  any of several large chiefly arboreal guans of Ortalis and related genera that somewhat resemble wild turkeys but are longer legged and have a well-developed feathered crest, that are native to Central America and Mexico with one variety (O. vetula macalli) extending into southern Texas, and that are highly regarded as game birds

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Origin and Etymology of chachalaca

Spanish, from Nahuatl, twittering of a bird, of imitative origin


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