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[tah-koh; Spanish tah-kaw]
noun, plural ta·cos [tah-kohz; Spanish tah-kaws] /ˈtɑ koʊz; Spanish ˈtɑ kɔs/.
  1. Mexican Cookery. an often crisply fried tortilla folded over and filled, as with seasoned chopped meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese.
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Origin of taco

1930–35; < Mexican Spanish; Spanish: wadding, plug, probably of expressive origin
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noun plural -cos
  1. Mexican cookery a tortilla folded into a roll with a filling and usually fried
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Word Origin

from Mexican Spanish, from Spanish: literally, a snack, a bite to eat
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Word Origin and History for taco


tortilla filled with spiced meat, etc., 1949, from Mexican Spanish, "light lunch," literally "plug, wadding."

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