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Tinamou

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tinamou

(Science: ornithology) Any one of several species of south American birds belonging to Tinamus and allied genera.

In general appearance and habits they resemble grouse and partridges, but in anatomical characters they are allied to the ostriches and other struthious birds. Their wings are of moderate length, and they are able to fly a considerable distance.

Origin: From the native name: cf. F. Tinamous.