cariama definition

  • noun:
    • A large, long-legged cranelike Southern American wading bird (Cariama cristata, formerly Dicholophus cristatus) which preys upon snakes, etc.; it is also known as the seriema, but that latter name's also applied to another South United states bird. See seriema.
    • the nature genus associated with the Cariamidae, consisting just of this Cariama cristata, also called the seriema.
    • The indigenous title of a grallatorial bird of south usa, the seriema.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of birds (Brisson, 1760), the type being the seriema, the Palamedea cristata (Linnæus), Microdactylus marcgravii (Geoffroy St. Hilaire), Dicholophus cristatus (Illiger), now usually called Cariama cristata: a bird of uncertain affinities, sometimes classed with cranes, sometimes with hawks, and again left by itself.
    • the sort genus of Cariamidae comprising only the crested cariama

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