from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. A modern constellation of the southern hemisphere.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of numerous species of picarian birds of the genus Rhamphastos or family Rhamphastidæ (which see for technical characters).
  • n. A small constellation of the southern hemisphere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak


French, from Portuguese tucano or Spanish tucán, both from Tupi tucano, type of bird.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French toucan or Spanish tucán, from Tupian tuka, tukan, tukana, which probably originated as an imitation of its cry. (Wiktionary)



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