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

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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