Definition of houbara in English:


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Pronunciation: /huːˈbɑːrə
(also houbara bustard)


  • A bustard of arid open country and semi-desert, found from the Canary Islands to central Asia and threatened by hunting.
    • Chlamydotis undulata, family Otidae
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    • 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.


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

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