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Macaw Definition

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[n] long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central and South America; among the largest and showiest of parrots

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Ara, genus Ara, parrot

Misc. Definitions

\Ma*caw"\, n. [From the native name in the Antilles.] (Zo["o]l.) Any parrot of the genus {Sittace}, or {Macrocercus}. About eighteen species are known, all of them American. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colors are brilliant and strongly contrasted. {Macaw bush} (Bot.), a West Indian name for a prickly kind of nightshade ({Solanum mammosum}). {Macaw palm}, {Macaw tree} (Bot.), a tropical American palm ({Acrocomia fusiformis} and other species) having a prickly stem and pinnately divided leaves. Its nut yields a yellow butter, with the perfume of violets, which is used in making violet soap. Called also {grugru palm}.

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