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ja·ça·na(zhä′sə-nä′) also ja·ca·na (-kə-)
Any of several tropical or subtropical shorebirds of the family Jacanidae, having long toes adapted for walking on floating vegetation. Also called lily-trotter.
[Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupí jaçanam, jaçanã, one that cries out.]
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(Animals) any bird of the family Jacanidae, of tropical and subtropical marshy regions, having long legs and very long toes that enable walking on floating plants: order Charadriiformes. Also called: lily-trotter
[C18: from Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupi-Guarani jasaná]
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