tapacolo

noun tap·a·co·lo \ ˌtapəˈkō(ˌ)lō \
variants: or tapaculo \-ˈkü(ˌ)lō\

Definition of tapacolo

plural -s
1 :a small plainly colored clamatorial terrestrial bird (Scelorchilus albicollis) of the family Rhinocryptidae of Chile and Argentina having short rounded wings and short tail carried erect
2 :any of several birds related to the tapacolo — see turco

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Origin and Etymology of tapacolo

American Spanish tapaculo, literally, one that covers its backside, from Spanish tapar to cover + culo backside, from Latin culus


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