Definition of motmot in English:


Line breaks: mot¦mot
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒtmɒt


  • A tree-dwelling tropical American bird with colourful plumage, typically having two long racket-like tail feathers.
    • Family Momotidae: several genera and species, in particular the widespread blue-crowned motmot (Momotus momota)
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    • Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.
    • You didn't think that toucans and motmots were just going to fly over your New Jersey home, did you?
    • On the premises were ten species of hummingbirds, slaty-tailed trogons, rufous and broad-billed motmots, collared aricaris.


mid 19th century: from Latin American Spanish, of imitative origin.

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