Definition of alcatras in English:

alcatras

(also alcatraz)

noun

historical, rare
  • In Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking areas: a pelican; especially the brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis. Now historical and rare.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. Partly from Italian † alcatrazzo and its etymon Spanish alcatraz, denoting various kinds of pelican, and partly from Portuguese alcatraz brown booby, also frigate bird, both probably from Arabic al-ġattās from al the + ġattās kind of sea eagle.

Pronunciation

alcatras

/ˈalkətras/