martineta

noun
mar·​ti·​ne·​ta | \ ˌmärtᵊnˈātə, -ˈētə \
plural -s

Definition of martineta

: an Argentine tinamou (Eudromias elegans) with a long slender crest

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History and Etymology for martineta

American Spanish, probably from Spanish martinete night heron, probably after Saint Martin (San Martín) around whose feast day the night herons migrate; from the similarity of the crests of the night heron and the martineta

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“Martineta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martineta. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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