• WordNet 3.6
    • n cotinga passerine bird of New World tropics
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cotinga (Zoöl) A bird of the family Cotingidæ, including numerous bright-colored South American species; -- called also chatterers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cotinga The native name of several South American manakins: applied to sundry cotingine birds. [capitalized] Applied in 1760 by Brisson to the blue purple-breasted manakin of Edwards, thus becoming in ornithology a genus having this species, Ampelis cotinga (Linnæus), or Cotinga cændea, as its type; since made the typical genus of the family Cotingidæ.
    • n cotinga Any bird of the family Cotingidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cotinga kō-ting′ga a genus of passerine birds of bright plumage, represented by six species in central and in tropical South America.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Native South American name
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Native name.


In literature:

The pompadour cotinga has a purple body and white wings, their four first feathers tipped with brown.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Next to the humming-birds, the cotingas display the gayest plumage.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton