Meaning of jacamar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒakəmɑː/


  • An insectivorous bird of tropical American forests, with a long pointed bill, a long tail, and plumage that is typically iridescent green above.

    Family Galbulidae: several genera and species

    ‘Those who prefer altitude can climb the lodge's seven-story, 115-foot canopy tower and stop at each level to observe tanagers, jacamars, guans, and oropendulas in action.’
    • ‘Hiring a guide is a good idea, since trained eyes will point out more rufous-tailed jacamars and blue-crowned mot-mots than you'd ever spot on your own.’
    • ‘Jacamars prefer to eat large, showy, flying insects such as blue morpho butterflies, hawk moths, and venomous insects such as wasps, ants, and sawflies.’


Early 19th century from French, apparently from Tupi.