Definition of macaw in English:


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Pronunciation: /məˈkɔː


  • A large long-tailed parrot with brightly coloured plumage, native to Central and South America.
    • Ara and related genera: family Psittacidae: several species
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    • Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.
    • Bird watchers are drawn from all over the world in search of species such as parrots, parakeets, hyacinth macaws, and wood storks.
    • Among the 16 birds taken were Amazon and African grey parrots and macaws, along with two kittens, one rabbit and a chinchilla.


early 17th century: from obsolete Portuguese macau, of unknown origin.

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