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houbara

Syllabification: hou·ba·ra
Pronunciation: /ho͞oˈbärə
 
/
(also houbara bustard)

Definition of houbara in English:

noun

A bustard of arid open country and semidesert, found from the Canary Islands to central Asia and threatened by hunting.
  • Chlamydotis undulata, family Otidae
Example sentences
  • Superbly adapted to arid environments, wild houbaras do not need to drink water but manage to get all the moisture they need from their food.
  • Her foxiness must have left a lasting impression on the young houbaras, because significantly more birds in the ‘trained’ group survived.
  • The captive-bred houbaras missed out on these lessons, and many paid the price.

Origin

early 19th century: modern Latin, from Arabic ḥubārā.

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