from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of a genus (Anhinga) of long-necked birds having a sharp, pointed bill and inhabiting swampy regions of tropical and subtropical America. Also called darter, snakebird, water turkey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish-eating bird, Anhinga anhinga, from North America having a thin, pointed bill and long, thin neck.
  • n. A bird of the family Anhingidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An aquatic bird of the southern United States (Platus anhinga); the darter, or snakebird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The American snake-bird, darter, or water-turkey, Plotus anhinga; a totipalmate natatorial bird, of the family Plotidæ and order Steganopodes.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of birds: a synonym of Plotus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill


Portuguese, from Tupi ayingá.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Portuguese anhingá or anhangá, from Old Tupi ajíŋa (also transcribed as áyinga or ayingá) (Wiktionary)


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