Definition of anhinga in English:

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Pronunciation: /anˈhiNGɡə/


chiefly North American
A long-necked fish-eating bird related to the cormorants, typically found in fresh water. Anhingas spear fish with their long pointed bills and frequently swim submerged to the neck. Also called darter, snakebird.
  • Family Anhingidae and genus Anhinga: four species.
Example sentences
  • A bird of southern swamps, the Anhinga is known as the Water-Turkey for its swimming habits and broad tail.
  • The evolutionary relationships of anhingas and darters remain unclear.
  • The anhingas, which spent their spring and summer scattered here and there along the Texas coast and inland waterways, follow their instinct, drift south and gather together.


Mid 18th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi áyinga.

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Syllabification: an·hin·ga

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