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Any of several large carrion-eating or predatory birds in the family Falconidae, native to South and Central America and the southern United States.
[Spanish and Portuguese caracará, both from Tupí caracara.]
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(Animals) any of various large carrion-eating diurnal birds of prey of the genera Caracara, Polyborus, etc, of S North, Central, and South America, having long legs and naked faces: family Falconidae (falcons)
[C19: from Spanish or Portuguese, from Tupi; of imitative origin]
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ca•ra•ca•ra(ˌkɑr əˈkɑr ə, ˌkær əˈkær ə)
n., pl. -ras.
any of several large birds of prey of the falcon family, inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions of the New World.
[1830–40; < Sp or Portuguese < Tupi]
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|Noun||1.||caracara - any of various long-legged carrion-eating hawks of South America and Central America|
falcon - diurnal birds of prey having long pointed powerful wings adapted for swift flight
Audubon's caracara, Polyborus cheriway audubonii - widespread from southern United States to Central America; rusty black with black-and-white breast and tail
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