• WordNet 3.6
    • n Aramus genus of large brown long-billed wading birds found in warm swampy regions of the western hemisphere: courlan; limpkin
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aramus The typical and only genus of the family Aramidœ, containing the courlans, caraus, or cryingbirds. They are about 2 feet long, of chocolate-brown color streaked with white, with short and rounded wings, a falcate first primary, a short tail of 12 feathers, and cleft toes. The hinder toe is elevated, and the tarsus is scutellate anteriorly, and as long as the bill. The bill is twice as long as the head, slender but strong, compressed, contracted opposite the linear nostrils, grooved about half its length, and enlarged and decurved in the terminal portion. A. pictus (Coues) inhabits Florida, where it is known as the limpkin; another species, A. scolopaceus, the scolopaceous courlan, is found in the warmer parts of America. See courlan.
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In literature:

Where can you find a better man than Aramus?
"Condensed Novels" by Bret Harte