Definition of tinamou in English:

tinamou

noun

  • A ground-dwelling tropical American bird that looks somewhat like a grouse but is related to the ratites.

    • ‘However chickens are closely related to tinamous and the ratites by post-cranial anatomy, particularly the structure of the clavicle.’
    • ‘Cracids have also been noted to consume eggs of pigeons, hummingbirds and tinamous.’
    • ‘In the early 1900's tinamous were raised as game birds in Europe and Canada.’
    • ‘For example, ratites and tinamous have sole male incubation, but communal laying apparently occurs in only a few of these species.’
    • ‘Thus, within the palaeognaths, tinamous are in South America, kiwis and moas extend across West Antarctica to New Zealand, and emus and cassowaries span East Antarctica to Australia.’

Origin

Late 18th century: via French from Galibi tinamu.

Pronunciation

tinamou

/ˈtɪnəmuː/