[ tah-koh; Spanish tah-kaw ]
/ ˈtɑ koʊ; Spanish ˈtɑ kɔ /
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noun, plural ta·cos [tah-kohz; Spanish tah-kaws]. /ˈtɑ koʊz; Spanish ˈtɑ kɔs/.
Mexican Cooking. a tortilla filled with various ingredients, as beans, rice, chopped meat, cheese, and tomatoes, and folded over in half or rolled into a loose cylinder shape: My favorite breakfast taco has eggs, bacon, and cheese on a flour tortilla.The downside of hard-shell tacos is that you can’t fit as much stuff in a fried tortilla.


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Origin of taco

First recorded in 1930–35; from Mexican Spanish; perhaps a shortening of taco de minero “miner’s plug,” from the resemblance of the food to an explosive charge used in silver mines, from Spanish taco “wad, plug, wedge”; further origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for taco

/ (ˈtɑːkəʊ) /

noun plural -cos
Mexican cookery a tortilla folded into a roll with a filling and usually fried

Word Origin for taco

from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a snack, a bite to eat
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