Definition of seriema in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌserēˈemə/
Pronunciation: /ˌserēˈāmə/ Pronunciation: /ˌseriˈēmə/
(also cariama /ˌkarēˈämə/)


A large, ground-dwelling South American bird related to the bustards, with a long neck and legs and a crest above the bill.
  • Family Cariamidae: two genera and species.
Example sentences
  • There are trumpeters, cariamas, and the limpkin in South America; sungrebes in South America, Africa, and southeastern Asia; and mesites on Madagascar.
  • Another clue comes from the predatory habits of the closest living relatives of terror birds - seriema.
  • And indeed, today's two species of seriema in southern South America appear to be derived from Pleistocene fossil birds which were once giant, flightless predators (known as phorusrhacoids) of now-extinct fauna.


Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Tupi siriema 'crested'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ser·i·e·ma

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.