Definitions for: Curassow


[n] large crested arboreal game bird of warm parts of the Americas having long legs and tails; highly esteemed as game and food



Webster (1913) Definition: Cu*ras"sow (k?-r?s"s?), n. [Native name in Brazil.]
(Zool.)
A large gallinaceous bird of the American genera Crax,
Ourax, etc., of the family Cracid[ae].

Note: The crested curassow (Crax alector) is black, and
about the size of a small hen-turkey, with an erectile
crest of curled feathers. It ranges from Mexico to
Brazil. The galeated curassow or cushew bird ({Ourax
Pauxi}) is similar in size, and has a large, hollow,
blue, pear-shaped protuberance on the head.

See Also: Crax, gallinaceon, gallinaceous bird, genus Crax

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