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tuco-tuco

[too-koh-too-koh]
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noun, plural tu·co-tu·cos.
  1. any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Ctenomys, of South America, resembling the pocket gopher.

Origin of tuco-tuco

First recorded in 1825–35, tuco-tuco is from the American Spanish word tucotuco, imitative of its cry
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Historical Examples

  • It was a kind of large drone, an inch long, and the Indians call it "tuco-tuco."

    In Search of the Castaways

    Jules Verne

  • The "Tuco-tuco," genus Ctenomys, has also short ears and tail.

  • It was a kind of large beetle, an inch in length, to which the Indians give the name of "tuco-tuco."