Definition of tinamou in English:


Syllabification: tin·a·mou
Pronunciation: /ˈtinəˌmo͞o


  • A ground-dwelling tropical American bird that looks somewhat like a grouse.
    • Family Tinamidae: several genera and many species
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    • However chickens are closely related to tinamous and the ratites by post-cranial anatomy, particularly the structure of the clavicle.
    • Cracids have also been noted to consume eggs of pigeons, hummingbirds and tinamous.
    • For example, ratites and tinamous have sole male incubation, but communal laying apparently occurs in only a few of these species.


late 18th century: via French from Galibi tinamu.

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