American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various tropical American birds of the family Ramphastidae, having brightly colored plumage and a very large bill and feeding mainly on small fruits.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of numerous species of picarian birds of the genus Rhamphastos or family Rhamphastidæ (which see for technical characters). Toucans are, on the average, large for their order, and are noted for the enormous size of the beak, which, with their habit of carrying the tail turned up over the back, and their bold coloration, gives them a striking appearance. They are characteristic of the Neotropical region, where they feed chiefly on soft fruits, and are credited with a sort of regurgitation of their food suggestive of rumination. They nest in holes. Some of the larger species, the toucans most properly so called, are 2 feet long, with a bill of 6 or 8 inches. Most are smaller, as the aracaris and toucanets, of the genera Pteroglossus and Selenidera. Also
tocan. See cuts under aracariand Ramphastos.
- n. A small constellation of the southern hemisphere.
- n. Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of fruit-eating birds of tropical America belonging to Ramphastos, Pteroglossus, and allied genera of the family
Ramphastidæ. They have a very large, but light and thin, beak, often nearly as long as the body itself. Most of the species are brilliantly colored with red, yellow, white, and black in striking contrast.
- n. (Astronom.) A modern constellation of the southern hemisphere.
- n. brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak
- From French toucan or Spanish tucán, from Tupian tuka, tukan, tukana, which probably originated as an imitation of its cry. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Portuguese tucano or Spanish tucán, both from Tupi tucano, type of bird. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“HANNA: It called a toucan, and when we were in Brazil last week, we saw thousands of these birds, just gorgeous birds.”
“Well, a toucan is a very beautiful bird, but it's conversation is both loud and uninteresting, and it -- it's what they call a soft feeder.”
“The bird did, in fact, begin life as a pelican, but was changed by copywriter - and future thriller writer Dorothy L. Sayers - who realised "toucan" rhymed with more words.”
“Having both a wild and a domesticated parrot chained together makes for many funny moments, including a hand-gliding lesson that doesn't go so well, despite the coaching of Rafael the toucan George Lopez.”
“I saw tree-nesting sloth, four types of monkeys, parrots, macaws, toucan birds, coatis, agoutis and anteaters within the first day of my visit.”
“Rio" is densely populated by antic creatures, among them a swarm of thieving marmosets, a toucan named Rafael and a villainous Aussie cockatoo, Nigel, who is voiced by Jemaine Clement, of "Flight of the Conchords," and who serves as a sort of bulldog to a smuggler with the black heart of a Bill Sykes.”
“Courtesy of Blue Sky Studios Pedro the cardinal, center, Rafael the toucan and Nico the canary with macaws Blu, left, and Jewel in 'Rio.”
“For pilots accustomed to traveling nearly twice the speed of sound, flying the Super Tucano, which means "super toucan," was a comedown.”
“Using mind control to turn the entire town into one feverish, black-eyed orgy, no sheriff was left without a hard-on, and every sweaty-cleavaged waitress shrieked like a toucan while being, ahem, serviced, with Maryann vibrating like a stuck wasp in the middle of them all.”
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