chachalaca

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English[edit]

A chachalaca (Ortalis ruficauda)
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Etymology[edit]

Late 19th century. From South American Spanish chachalaca, from Nahuatl.Nahuatl

Noun[edit]

chachalaca ‎(plural chachalacas)

  1. Any of several cracid birds, of the genus Ortalis, limited to the Americas, that resemble the guans.

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Spanish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl chachalacani ‎(tattler, gossiper), from chāchalāni ‎(to make a hubbub, create an uproar).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /tʃa.tʃa.ˈla.ka/

Noun[edit]

chachalaca f ‎(plural chachalacas)

  1. chachalaca
  2. (colloquial, Mexico, Central America) babbler, yapper
  3. (colloquial, Guatemala) chatter
  4. (colloquial, El Salvador) chatty (said of a person)

References[edit]

chachalaca” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima segunda edición, Real Academia Española, 2001.