any of a family (Jacanidae) of tropical and subtropical shorebirds with long toes that enable them to walk on the floating leaves of water plants; esp., a species (Jacana spinosa) native to Mexico
Origin of jaçanaPortuguese from Tupí jasana
Any of several tropical or subtropical shorebirds of the family Jacanidae, having long toes adapted for walking on floating vegetation. Also called lily-trotter .
Origin of jacanaPortuguese jaçanã from Tupí jaçanam, jaçanã one that cries out