One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In Guyana: any of several large, tree-dwelling birds resembling pheasants, having predominantly brown or black plumage; especially Penelope marail, Penelope jacquacu, and Pipile cumanensis.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Edward Bancroft (1744–1821), chemist and spy. Probably from Macusi marudi or a related form in another Cariban language.
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