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