<zoology> Any parrot of the genus Sittace, or Macrocercus. About eighteen species are known, all of them American. They are large and have a very long tail, a strong hooked bill, and a naked space around the eyes. The voice is harsh, and the colours are brilliant and strongly contrasted.
<botany> Macaw bush, a tropical American palm (Acrocomia fusiformis and other species) having a prickly stem and pinnately divided leaves. Its nut yields a yellow butter, with the perfume of violets, which is used in making violet soap.
Synonyms: grugru palm.
Origin: From the native name in the Antilles.
(01 Mar 1998)
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