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Either of two long-legged birds (Cariama cristata or Chunga burmeisteri) of grasslands and scrubby areas of South America, which feed on snakes, frogs, worms, and insects.
[Spanish, from Tupí sariema.]
(Animals) either of two cranelike South American birds, Cariama cristata or Chunga burmeisteri, having a crest just above the bill, rounded wings, and a long tail: family Cariamidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)
[C19: from New Latin, from Tupi çariama crested]
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|Noun||1.||seriema - Argentinian Cariama |
genus Chunga - a genus of Cariamidae
|2.||seriema - Brazilian Cariama; sole representative of the genus Cariama|