Definition of Jacana

1. n. Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus Jacana and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their very long, spreading toes. Called also surgeon bird.



Definition of Jacana

1. Noun. A group of wading birds in the family Jacanidae, usually having long toes and claws and found throughout the world. ¹

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Definition of Jacana

1. a wading bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Jacana

1. Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus Jacana and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their very long, spreading toes. Called also surgeon bird. The most common South American species is Jacana spinosa. The East Indian or pheasant jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus) is remarkable for having four very long, curved, middle tail feathers. Origin: Cf. Sp. Jacania. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Jacana

jaborosalactol
jabot
jaboticaba
jaboticaba tree
jaboticabas
jabots
jabroni
jabs
jabuticaba
jabuticabas
jacal
jacales
jacals
jacamar
jacamars
jacana (current term)
jacanas
jacaranda
jacarandas
jacare
jacares
jacchus
jacchuses
jacconet
jacconets
jacent
jacinth
jacinthe
jacinthes
jacinths

Literary usage of Jacana

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1. The Birds of North and Middle America: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Higher by Robert Ridgway (1919)
"jacana jacana jacana (extralimital).o cc. Color of back, etc., ... jacana nigra (p. 15). aa. Frontal shield with posterior margin trifid; ..."

2. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Pierre André Latreille (1831)
"(The Common jacana.) Black, with a red mantle; the primary wing-quills green; ... (2) Some of the same description are also found iu Asia, (1) jacana, ..."

3. The American Cyclopaedia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by George Ripley, Charles Anderson Dana (1883)
"To this genus belongs the Chinese jacana (H. ... which is the only Chestnut jacana (Parra jacana ..."

4. Argentine Ornithology: A Descriptive Catalogue of the Birds of the Argentine by Philip Lutley Sclater, William Henry Hudson (1889)
"One genus of jacanas (Parra) is peculiar to America, and a single species of this genus occurs in the Argentine Republic. 385. PARRA jacana (Linn.). ..."

5. A Familiar History of Birds: Their Nature, Habits, and Instincts by Edward Stanley (1835)
"... but accompanies them into the fields, and brings them back in the evening. It has in consequence been named the faithful jacana (Parra ..."

6. Knowledge for the People, Or, The Plain why and Because: Or, the Plain why by John Timbs (1832)
"... of cow-dung are also stuck ; but, as their light could he of little service to him, it seems probable that he only feeds on them. FAITHFUL jacana. ..."

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