ma·​caw | \mə-ˈkȯ \

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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Scarlet macaws were clearly valued and important enough that people went to great lengths to obtain them. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples," 15 Aug. 2018 Watch Planet Earth unfold in real-time under towering Cecropia trees as macaws and parrots call overhead and giant otters scramble for cover. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 8 Best Experiential Eco-Lodges in South America," 19 Jan. 2018 Nearby, Victoria Butterfly Gardens complements Butchart’s vivid flora with a glimpse into the life of winged creatures, from colorful butterflies and moths to even more vibrant macaws and parrots. Alex Pulaski,, "Seeking a short cruise that's a bargain to boot? Check out repositioning trips, available as lines shift their ships to other ports," 20 June 2018 Look for lots of dolphin tricks, including that underwater corkscrew maneuver, macaws in flight (there’s always one rogue one, right?) and Lycra-clad trainers doing that side-to-side and slide dance thing between instructions. Dewayne Bevil,, "SeaWorld Orlando sails into summer with free beer, dolphin show, 'Ignite' fireworks, more," 5 June 2018 Students at Christopher Columbus High School were also presented with a fennec fox, a lemur, and two macaws. Sydney Scott,, "The Quick Read: Gabrielle Union Once Brought Tuna Casserole To An Exclusive Party At Prince's House," 15 May 2018 The event also featured a lemur, two macaws, and an African fennec fox. CBS News, "Florida high school regrets displaying caged tiger at prom," 14 May 2018 Country fan Richard Arnold of Phoenix walks down the road between the Roadrunner and Crazy Coyote campgrounds with his white macaw on his shoulder. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Country Thunder Arizona 2018: Craziest, coolest things we saw at the festival," 5 Apr. 2018 In addition to the caged tiger, school officials said a lemur, two macaws and an African fennec fox were also on site. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Caged tiger at Florida prom prompts backlash over ‘exploiting animals’," 14 May 2018

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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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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 \

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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