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Any of various secretive ground-dwelling birds of the family Tinamidae, living in grasslands and jungles of Central and South America.
[French, perhaps of Galibi origin.]
(Animals) any bird of the order Tinamiformes of Central and South America, having small wings, a heavy body, and an inconspicuous plumage
[C18: via French from Carib (Galibi) tinamu]