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In Guyana: a curassow.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Catalogue Birds, Insects exhibiting at Spring-Gardens. From Suriname Dutch paauwies, pauwis, pauwies (1835 or earlier; also powese, powis, powees (both 1854 or earlier)), of uncertain origin, probably ultimately from Dutch pauw, † paauw peacock, perhaps after an (unidentified) Papiamentu word, or perhaps via an (unattested) Papiamentu borrowing of the Dutch word: see note.
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