Jacana meaning

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Any of several tropical or subtropical shorebirds of the family Jacanidae, having long toes adapted for walking on floating vegetation.
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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.
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A group of wading birds in the family Jacanidae, usually having long toes and claws and found throughout the world.
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A taxonomic genus within the family Jacanidae.
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Origin of jacana

  • Portuguese jaçanã from Tupí jaçanam, jaçanã one that cries out

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Brazilian Portuguese jaçanã, from Tupian jasaná.

    From Wiktionary