American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various parrots of the genera Ara and Anodorhynchus of Central and South America, including the largest parrots and characterized by long saber-shaped tails, curved powerful bills, and usually brilliant plumage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large American parrot of the family Psittacidæ and subfamily Arinæ, having a very long graduated tail and the face partly bare of feathers. The macaws are among the largest and most magnificent of the parrot tribe; but they are less docile than most parrots, and their voice is exceedingly harsh. The species are numerous, all inhabiting tropical or subtropical America, especially the former. See
- n. Any of various parrots of the genera Ara, Anodorhynchus, Cyanopsitta, Orthopsittaca, Primolius and Diopsittaca of Central and South America, including the largest parrots and characterized by long sabre-shaped tails, curved powerful bills, and usually brilliant plumage.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any parrot of the genus Ara, Sittace, or Macrocercus. About eighteen species are known, all of them found in Central and South America. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colors are brilliant and strongly contrasted; they are among the largest and showiest of parrots. Different species names have been given to the same macaw, as for example the Hyacinthine macaw, which has been variously classified as Anodorhyncus hyacynthinus, Anodorhyncus maximiliani, and Macrocercus hyacynthinus.
- n. long-tailed brilliantly colored parrot of Central America and South America; among the largest and showiest of parrots
- Portuguese macao, from Tupian (Wiktionary)
- Portuguese macaú, from macaúba, kind of palm tree, from Tupi macahuba, palm tree : maca, palm + ybá, tree. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The macaw was a baby, a little chunk of pink flesh with no feathers.”
“Then _I_ must go, my lady," said Marriott, angrily, "that is certain; for to part with my macaw is a thing I cannot do to please _any_ body.”
“Then I must go, my lady,' said Marriott, angrily, 'that is certain; for to part with my macaw is a thing I cannot do to please any body.”
“And Captain Flint, the green parrot, is played by a scarlet macaw.”
“As a direct result, "parrot patrols" organized by local communities in the region, 11 scarlet macaw chicks who were confiscated directly from poachers were provided care until they were old enough to fly and rejoin their flocks and families, instead of spending the rest of their lives in small cages.”
“For rain forests, I hope to be a grandfather that can walk in the rainforest with his grandson or daughter and tell him, "Well, this macaw nest on this shihuahuaco tree here, it's exactly the same way I remember it 20 or 40 or 60 years ago, and it's still producing chicks every year.”
“We also get to sell a service which allows us not only to profit in the business in usual sense, but also to invest in really cool things, like macaw research and conservation or sharing with indigenous communities committed to protecting their territories.”
“But Fleiss' three-year stint in jail, run-ins with exes like Tom Sizemore and struggles with drugs sound almost normal compared to her other addiction: Caring for more than 20 exotic macaw parrots.”
“But the loss of species also including the Hawaiian crow and Jamaican red macaw may yet help currently endangered birds, hope the organisers of an ambitious multimedia art project.”
“Comparison of the skull of Psittacosaurus gobiensis and a modern-day dinosaur, the macaw.”
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