Any of various parrots of several genera found in Mexico and South and Central America, including the largest parrots and characterized by a long tail, curved powerful bill, and usually brilliant plumage.
[Portuguese macaú, from macaúba, kind of palm tree, from Tupí macahuba, palm tree : maca, palm + ybá, tree.]
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