variants: or less commonly gom paw or gompow \ ˈgämˌpau̇ , -​ˌpō \
plural -s

Definition of gom-paauw

: a large bustard (Choriotis kori) of southern Africa that feeds chiefly on acacia gum

called also kori bustard

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History and Etymology for gom-paauw

Afrikaans gompaauw, gompou, from gom gum (from Middle Dutch, from Old French gomme) + paauw, pou peafowl, from Middle Dutch pau; akin to Old English pēa peafowl

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“Gom-paauw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gom-paauw. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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