from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American birds of the family Galbulidae, having iridescent plumage and a long bill.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various insectivorous tropical birds, of the family Galbulidae, having iridescent plumage and a long, sharp bill.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of tropical American birds of the genus Galbula and allied genera. They are allied to the kingfishers, but climb on tree trunks like nuthatches, and feed upon insects. Their colors are often brilliant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any South American bird of the family Galbulidæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tropical American insectivorous bird having a long sharp bill and iridescent green or bronze plumage
A bird called jacamar is often taken for a kingfisher, but it has no relationship to that tribe.
This area is home to several endangered and endemic birds, including the white-necked parakeet, coppery-chested jacamar, and bicoloured antvireo.
Just then, a stone cleverly thrown by the boy, struck the creature on the wing, but the blow did not disable it, and the jacamar ran off and disappeared in an instant.
“This will be a good opportunity to taste jacamar,” replied the sailor, “if that fellow is in a humor to be roasted!”
It was indeed a jacamar, of which the plumage shines with a metallic luster.
Lories are better food than the jacamar, the flesh of which is rather tough, but it was difficult to persuade
“That must be a jacamar,” said Herbert, trying to get nearer.
And there was I, in a yellow gown with green embroideries, gay as a jacamar, jarring hideously on myself.
The paradise jacamar (galbula paradisea) frequents the more open parts of the forest, and is generally found in pairs.
The little three-toed jacamar possesses a few of the brilliant hues which adorn his brethren.