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tuco-tuco

[too-koh-too-koh]
noun, plural tu·co-tu·cos.
  1. any of several burrowing rodents of the genus Ctenomys, of South America, resembling the pocket gopher.
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Origin of tuco-tuco

First recorded in 1825–35, tuco-tuco is from the American Spanish word tucotuco, imitative of its cry
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Historical Examples

  • He does not know that the eye of the Tucotuco was carefully dissected.

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British Dictionary definitions for tucotuco

tucotuco

tucutucu (ˌtuːkuːˈtuːkuː)

noun
  1. any of various colonial burrowing South American hystricomorph rodents of the genus Ctenomys, having long-clawed feet and a stocky body: family Ctenomyidae
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Word Origin

C19: of South American Indian origin
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