ma·​caw | \ mə-ˈkȯ How to pronounce macaw (audio) \

Definition of macaw

: any of numerous parrots (especially genus Ara) of South and Central America including some of the largest and showiest of parrots

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Recent Examples on the Web In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman. Washington Post, "Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil," 7 Nov. 2019 Over the last four years, the state’s government has intercepted six baby macaws that poachers had snatched from Campo Grande. Miguel Conde, National Geographic, "Hundreds of wild parrots are thriving in this Brazilian city," 6 Sep. 2019 After two hours, a red-and-green macaw perched on a tree opposite us. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 Pairs of scarlet macaws fly overhead, startled iguanas clamber up the riverbank, and an occasional crocodile eyes us from a log. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 Ancestors of southwest Native American tribes today, Chacoans built impressive multi-storied stone buildings with a far-reaching trade system selling colorful macaws for turquoise. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Megadroughts could return to southwestern U.S.," 24 July 2019 The absolute Easter egg for anyone who really lived through this is Yale looks past a guy with a green-and-blue macaw on his shoulder in the park. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "The 1980s AIDS epidemic in Chicago revisited in Rebecca Makkai’s new novel, The Great Believers," 14 June 2018 The group takes in any caged bird, from parrots, macaws, to cockatoos. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Dogs are the stars of the show at the Novi Pet Expo," 18 Nov. 2019 There are the sumptuous burials of 37 sacred macaws, the gorgeous, red, blue yellow and green parrots, brought here from southern climes, and likely bred for their rainbow of resplendent sacred feathers. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "Searching for the Ancestral Puebloans," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of macaw

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for macaw

Portuguese (now obsolete) macao

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22 Feb 2020

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“Macaw.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of macaw

: a bird of South and Central America that has a long tail and bright colorful feathers


ma·​caw | \ mə-ˈkȯ How to pronounce macaw (audio) \

Kids Definition of macaw

: a large parrot of Central and South America with a long tail, a harsh voice, and bright feathers

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