toucan

[too-kan, -kahn, too-kahn]
noun
  1. any of several usually brightly colored, fruit-eating birds of the family Ramphastidae, of tropical America, having a very large bill.
  2. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Tucana.

Origin of toucan

1550–60; < French < Portuguese tucano < Tupi tucan (imitative of its cry)
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toucan

noun
  1. any tropical American arboreal fruit-eating bird of the family Ramphastidae, having a large brightly coloured bill with serrated edges and a bright plumage

Word Origin for toucan

C16: from French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tucana, probably imitative of its cry
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Word Origin and History for toucan

bright-colored bird of S.America, 1560s, from French toucan (1550s) and Spanish tucan; from Tupi (Brazil) tuka, tukana, probably imitative of its call.

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