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

Examples of tinamou in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Panguana’s name comes from the local word for the undulated tinamou, a species of ground bird common to the Amazon basin. New York Times, 18 June 2021

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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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2 Jul 2021

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“Tinamou.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tinamou. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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