hoatzin

noun
hoa·​tzin | \ wä(t)-ˈsēn How to pronounce hoatzin (audio) \

Definition of hoatzin

: a crested large South American bird (Opisthocomos hoazin) with blue facial skin, red eyes, brown plumage marked with white above, and claws on the first and second digits of the wing when young

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First Known Use of hoatzin

1661, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoatzin

ultimately from Nahuatl huāctzin the laughing falcon (Herpetotheres cachinnans)

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