macaw

noun
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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Lots of macaw parrot skeletons and feathers have turned up at human settlements in the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico dating back to at least 900 CE. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples," 15 Aug. 2018 Below that is one of the original macaws from the Enchanted Tiki Room. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 The bird became the inspiration for the singing macaws at the Enchanted Tiki Room. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "The A1000 Is Disney's Advanced Animatronic Bringing the Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Theme Park To Life," 28 Feb. 2019 The room had four animatronic macaws that acted as masters of ceremonies for their human guests, as well as 225 animatronic birds, flowers, and tikis that moved, talked, and sang. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Disney Attraction Powered by Nuclear Weapons Tech," 16 Jan. 2019 In the featured show, magician Dan Birch produced doves and a macaw from thin air. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Secret Passageway Into the World’s Most Exclusive Magic Club," 19 Dec. 2018 Parrots and macaws flash green, red, blue, and yellow at the world’s largest clay lick, a short trip from the lodge. Austin Merrill, WSJ, "The Amazon: The Heart of the World," 3 Dec. 2018 How were macaws traded between cultures and over such long distances, long before the arrival of the Spanish and their horses? Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "DNA reveals ancient parrot breeder supplied US Southwest peoples," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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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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macaw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of macaw

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

macaw

noun
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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