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[tee-koh; Spanish tee-kaw] /ˈti koʊ; Spanish ˈti kɔ/ Slang. (in Central America)
noun, plural Ticos
[tee-kohz; Spanish tee-kaws] /ˈti koʊz; Spanish ˈti kɔs/ (Show IPA)
a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Costa Rica or its inhabitants:
an exhibition of Tico art.
Origin of Tico
< American Spanish tico, said to be from Costa Ricans' predilection for diminutives formed with the suffix -itico Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Then, followed by the dripping Tico, she raced away to camp.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • “God, and Tico,” whispered the girl as she sank down upon a chair.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • Tico,” the boy said, speaking to the dog cowering at his feet, “show us the way.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • Next morning Jeanne and Tico, the bear, wandered away into the forest.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • For so much gold, Tico Viquez intimated, he would lead the señor to the hut in question.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • From this point of vantage she was able to make a more careful study of the bear and to discover that he was not Tico after all.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell
  • A few moments later, in the hush of moonlight, with a great throng looking down upon them, she and Tico appeared upon the stage.

    Green Eyes Roy J. Snell

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