from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various chickenlike or quaillike birds of the family Tinamidae, living in grasslands and jungles of Central and South America.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the birds belonging to the South American family Tinamidae, the only family in the order Tinamiformes. They are related to the ratites, together with which they form the superorder Paleognathae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of South American birds belonging to Tinamus and allied genera.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A South American dromæognathous carinate bird; any member of the Tinamidæ, resembling a gallinaceous or rasorial bird, and playing the part of one in the countries it inhabits, where the true grouse are entirely wanting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
French, perhaps of Galibi origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, from Cariban tinamu. (Wiktionary)