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Tico

[tee-koh; Spanish tee-kaw]Slang.(in Central America)
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noun, plural Ti·cos [tee-kohz; Spanish tee-kaws] /ˈti koʊz; Spanish ˈti kɔs/.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Costa Rica or its inhabitants: an exhibition of Tico art.
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Origin of Tico

< American Spanish tico, said to be from Costa Ricans' predilection for diminutives formed with the suffix -itico
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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