Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A South American alligator; a cayman. Several species or varieties are described, such as the Orinoco or black jacare, Jacare nigra. Also written
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of South American alligators.
- n. Alternative form of yacare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A cayman. See yacare.
“It breeds good fish; the manatus is common, people talk of fresh-water sharks, and the jacare (crocodile) is fatal to many a pig even in the village.”
“It was a jacare-tinga or small cayman about five feet long.”
“In another little pond a jacare-tinga showed no less anger when another of my companions approached.”
“At the first shallow ford, as horses and dogs splashed across, an alligator, the jacare-tinga, some five feet long, floated unconcernedly among the splashing hoofs and paws; evidently at night it did not fear us.”
“The ibis and plover did not pay any heed to the fish; but the black carrion vultures feasted on them in the mud; and in the pools that were not dry small alligators, the jacare-tinga, were feasting also.”
“Different members of the party caught many fish, and shot a monkey and a couple of jacare-tinga birds kin to a turkey, but the size of a fowl -- so we again had a camp of plenty.”
“Near the first of these we saw a small cayman, a jacare-tinga.”
“In this country they rambled through the night across the marshes and prowled along the edges of the ponds and bayous, catching the capybaras and the caymans; for these small pond caymans, the jacare-tinga, form part of their habitual food, and”
“But for all that, the poor chiguires would not be certain of safety; for even in the water they might encounter another enemy, equally formidable and cruel, in the gigantic _jacare_ -- the crocodile of the Amazonian waters.”
“The largest, the jacare-uassu, or great cayman, is often found from fifteen to twenty feet long, and of enormous bulk.”
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