Toucan meaning

to͝okăn, -kän, to͝o-kăn, -kän
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Any of a family (Ramphastidae) of brightly colored, fruit-eating piciform birds of tropical America, distinguished by a very large beak.
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Any of various South and Central American birds of the family Ramphastidae, having a very large bill and often brightly colored plumage, and feeding mainly on small fruits.
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Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak.
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Origin of toucan

  • French from Portuguese tucano or Spanish tucán both from Tupí tucano type of bird

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French toucan or Spanish tucán, from Tupian tuka, tukan, tukana, which probably originated as an imitation of its cry.

    From Wiktionary