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Any of various tropical American birds of the family Momotidae, usually having green and blue plumage with long tail feathers that have paddle- or racket-shaped tips.
[New Latin motmot, probably of imitative origin.]
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(Animals) any tropical American bird of the family Momotidae, having a long tail and blue and brownish-green plumage: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
[C19: from American Spanish, imitative of the bird's call]
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any of various tropical American birds of the family Momotidae, akin to the kingfishers.
[1830–40; < New Latin]
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|Noun||1.||motmot - tropical American bird resembling a blue jay and having greenish and bluish plumage|
coraciiform bird - chiefly short-legged arboreal nonpasserine birds that nest in holes
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