[too-kan, -kahn, too-kahn]


any of several usually brightly colored, fruit-eating birds of the family Ramphastidae, of tropical America, having a very large bill.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Tucana.

Nearby words

  1. totteringly,
  2. tottery,
  3. tottie,
  4. totting,
  5. totty,
  6. toucanet,
  7. touch,
  8. touch and go,
  9. touch base with,
  10. touch bottom

Origin of toucan

1550–60; < French < Portuguese tucano < Tupi tucan (imitative of its cry) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toucan



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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