Etymology: Motmot

Elkelon

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Italy Italian
Motmot is a bird from Central and South America. I only know it is an onomatopoeic word, but... which language does it come from? Someone help me, please.
 
  • Chazzwozzer

    Senior Member
    Turkish
    Hi Elkelon,

    The OED dictionary of mine tells me that the English word motmot comes from Latin American Spanish, of imitative origin (19th century).
     

    Elkelon

    Member
    Italy Italian
    Hi Elkelon,

    The OED dictionary of mine tells me that the English word motmot comes from Latin American Spanish, of imitative origin (19th century).
    Thank you Chazz,
    but it is strange. I know that motmot in Latin American Spanish is named jut-jut or pàjaro toh (even if this is another species), so I thought it was the English onomatopoeic word for this bird or a word derived from a pre-Columbian language.

    Thanks again.
    Bye

    PS: If someone else has more informations...
     
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