curassow
noun Etymology: alteration of Curaçao Date: 1685 any of several large arboreal gallinaceous game birds (family Cracidae, especially genus Crax) of South and Central America

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  • Curassow — Cu*ras sow (k? r?s s?), n. [Native name in Brazil.] (Zool.) A large gallinaceous bird of the American genera {Crax}, {Ourax}, etc., of the family {Cracid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The crested curassow ({Crax alector}) is black, and about the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curassow — [kyo͞o′rə sō΄, kyo͞o ras′ō΄] n. [< CURAÇAO] any of several dark, crested, gallinaceous game birds (family Cracidae, esp. genera Crax and Mitu) of South and Central America, which usually nest in trees …   English World dictionary

  • Curassow — For the island, see Curaçao. Curassows Head of female Wattled Curassow Crax globulosa Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • curassow — /kyoor euh soh , kyoo ras oh/, n. any of several large, arboreal, gallinaceous birds of the family Cracidae, of South and Central America. [1675 85; after CURAÇAO] * * * Any of numerous tropical American bird species (family Cracidae); strictly… …   Universalium

  • curassow — tikrieji kraksai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Crax angl. curassow vok. Hokko, m rus. гокко, m pranc. hocco, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – kraksai siauresnis terminas – didysis kraksas siauresnis terminas – Dobantono… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • curassow — noun Any of several species of bird in the Cracidae family, limited to the Americas …   Wiktionary

  • curassow — n. large game bird with tuft of feathers related to the pheasants and domestic fowl …   English contemporary dictionary

  • curassow — [ kjʊərəsəʊ] noun a large crested pheasant like bird of the guan family, found in tropical American forests. [Genus Crax: several species.] Origin C17: anglicized form of Curaçao (see curaçao) …   English new terms dictionary

  • curassow — cu·ras·sow …   English syllables

  • curassow — cu•ras•sow [[t]ˈkyʊər əˌsoʊ, kyʊˈræs oʊ[/t]] n. orn any of several large gallinaceous birds of the guan family, esp. of the genus Crax, typically crested, with bony casques above the bill • Etymology: 1675–85; after Curaçao …   From formal English to slang

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