• WordNet 3.6
    • n tinamou heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tinamou (Zoöl) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tinamou A South American dromæognathous carinate bird; any member of the Tinamidæ, resembling a gallinaceous or rasorial bird, and playing the part of one in the countries it inhabits, where the true grouse are entirely wanting. These birds are called partridges by sportsmen, and some of them are known by the native name ynambu, as Rhynchotus rufescens, the largest and one of the best-known species. The smallest is the pygmy tinamou, Taoniscus nanus, about 6 inches long. The martineta is a crested tinamou. Calopezus elegans. See also cuts under Crypturus, Rhynchotus, dromæognathous, and Tinamus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tinamou tin′a-mōō a South American genus of birds sometimes called partridges, but really more akin to bustards, and having affinities with the rhea and emu.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the native name: cf. F. tinamous,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—native name.


In literature:

Of the genus Tinamus one species was obtained, the variegated tinamou (T. Variegatus).
"Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. II." by John L. Stephens
This way of taking the tinamou may seem unsportsmanlike.
"Birds and Man" by W. H. Hudson
When surprised on the open ground the Ypecaha lies close, like a Tinamou, refusing to rise until almost trodden upon.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater
Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears