cotinga

noun co·tin·ga \ kōˈtiŋgə , kəˈ- \

Definition of cotinga

1 capitalized :the type genus of Cotingidae
2 plural -s :a bird of the genus Cotinga or family Cotingidae

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Origin and Etymology of cotinga

New Latin, from French cotinga, of Tupian origin; akin to Tupi coting to wash, tinga white


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