tapacolo

noun

tap·​a·​co·​lo
ˌtapəˈkō(ˌ)lō
variants or tapaculo
-ˈkü(ˌ)lō
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Tapacolo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tapacolo. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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