American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a South American bird (Cephalopterus ornatus) of the family
Cotingidæ. 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.
- n. black tropical American bird having a large overhanging crest and long feathered wattle
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