mot·​mot ˈmät-ˌmät How to pronounce motmot (audio)
: any of a family (Momotidae) of long-tailed mostly green nonpasserine birds of Central and South American tropical forests

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That goal was achieved in May, when the motmot duo hatched three chicks. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2018 These motmot chicks are some of about 10 chicks that have hatched in the Caribbean Journey exhibit since January. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2018

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Word History


New Latin momot, motmot

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of motmot was in 1822

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“Motmot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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