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A large brownish wading bird (Aramus guarauna) of warm, swampy regions of Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Central and South America, having long legs, a curved bill, and a distinctive wailing call. Also called courlan.
[From its halting gait.]
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(Animals) a rail-like wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of tropical American marshes, having dark brown plumage with white markings and a wailing cry: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). Also called: courlan
[C19: named from its awkward gait]
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a large, loud-voiced wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of warmer regions of the New World.
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