Meaning of martineta in English:


Pronunciation /mɑːtɪˈneɪtə/


  • A tinamou, Eudromia elegans, a bird of southern Argentina.


Late 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London. From South American Spanish martineta species of tinamou, probably from Spanish martinete heron, both birds having a distinctive crest; the 20th-cent. sense of the Spanish word is ‘night heron’.