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

  • n. Any of several tropical American birds of the genus Cephalopterus, especially C. ornatus, having a retractile, umbrellalike black crest and a long, feathered wattle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a South American bird (Cephalopterus ornatus) of the family Cotingid├Ž. It is black, with a large and handsome crest consisting of a mass of soft, glossy blue feathers curved outward at the tips. It also has a cervical plume consisting of a long, cylindrical dermal process covered with soft hairy feathers. Called also dragoon bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of several dragoon-birds, or South American fruit-crows, of the genus Cephalopterus: so called from the radiating crest which overshadows the head, as in C. ornatus, C. penduliger, and C. glabricollis.

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

  • n. black tropical American bird having a large overhanging crest and long feathered wattle


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