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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [zhah-suh-nah, jah-]
    • /ˌʒɑ səˈnɑ, ˌdʒɑ-/
    • /dʒakˈɑːnə/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [zhah-suh-nah, jah-]
    • /ˌʒɑ səˈnɑ, ˌdʒɑ-/

Definitions of jacana word

  • noun jacana any of several tropical, ploverlike, aquatic birds of the family Jacanidae, most of them having extremely long toes and claws for walking on floating water plants. 1
  • noun jacana A small tropical wading bird with greatly elongated toes and claws that enable it to walk on floating vegetation. 1
  • noun jacana long-legged long-toed bird 0
  • noun jacana any bird of the family Jacanidae, of tropical and subtropical marshy regions, having long legs and very long toes that enable walking on floating plants: order Charadriiformes 0
  • noun jacana any of a family (Jacanidae) of tropical and subtropical shorebirds with long toes that enable them to walk on the floating leaves of water plants; esp., a species (Jacana spinosa) native to Mexico 0
  • noun jacana A group of wading birds in the family Jacanidae, usually having long toes and claws and found throughout the world. 0

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Origin of jacana

First appearance:

before 1640
One of the 44% oldest English words
1640-50; < Portuguese jaçanã < Tupi jasaná

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jacana popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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