from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large, long-legged cranelike South American wading bird (Cariama cristata, formerly Dicholophus cristatus) which preys upon snakes, etc.; it is also called the seriema, but that latter name is also applied to another South American bird. See seriema.
  • n. the type genus of the Cariamidae, consisting only of the Cariama cristata, also called the seriema.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The native name of a grallatorial bird of South America, the seriema.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of birds (Brisson, 1760), the type being the seriema, the Palamedea cristata (Linnæus), Microdactylus marcgravii (Geoffroy St. Hilaire), Dicholophus cristatus (Illiger), now usually called Cariama cristata: a bird of uncertain affinities, sometimes classed with cranes, sometimes with hawks, and again left by itself.

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

  • n. the type genus of the Cariamidae comprising only the crested cariama


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