• WordNet 3.6
    • n courlan wading bird of South America and Central America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Courlan (Zoöl) A South American bird, of the genus Aramus, allied to the rails.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n courlan The book-name of birds of the genus Aramus: as, the scolopaceous courlan, Aramus scolopaceus, of South America. Also called carau, crying-bird, and limpkin.
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In literature:

The Courlans are a peculiar American family, intermediate between the Cranes and the Rails.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater