Definition of caracara in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkarəˈkarə/ Pronunciation: /ˌkärəˈkärə/

noun (plural same or caracaras)

A large New World bird of prey of the falcon family, with a bare face and a deep bill, feeding largely on carrion.
  • Family Falconidae: four genera and several species, in particular the common caracara (Polyborus plancus).
Example sentences
  • Some of the oldest known falconids include a crested caracara and a peregrine falcon, both of which lived to 22 years old.
  • It's penguins, albatrosses, caracaras, steamer ducks and a couple of endemic small jobs you've come for.
  • Here you stand a good chance of spotting such rare birds as the chestnut-fronted macaw and red-throated caracara.


Mid 19th century: from Spanish or Portuguese caracará, from Tupi-Guarani, imitating its cry.

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Syllabification: ca·ra·ca·ra

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