Re: Common Names

Subject: Re: Common Names
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Sat, 8 Aug 1998 16:50:21 +1000 (EST)
On Fri, 7 Aug 1998  wrote:
> Jabiru is in use in South America for an inferior stork to ours. I think
> the name is Portuguese - as with Emu.

According to the dictionaries I've seen, Jabiru and Jacana are both
supposed to stem from Guarani names.

Guarani-speaking people are/were found in a region (now) including much
of Paraguay and large areas of the surrounding countries.  Guarani is
one of Paraguay's official languages.

I've long wondered how these names found their way to English ( via
Spanish speakers ??) and how they are pronounced in Guarani.


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