tinamou

noun
tin·​a·​mou | \ ˈti-nə-ˌmü How to pronounce tinamou (audio) \

Definition of tinamou

: any of a family (Tinamidae) of South and Central American ground-dwelling birds that have a deeply keeled sternum and a rudimentary tail and that produce large glossy usually colorful eggs

First Known Use of tinamou

circa 1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tinamou

French, from Carib tinamu

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“Tinamou.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinamou. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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