Tucana

noun
Tu·ca·na | \tü-ˈkā-nə \

Definition of Tucana 

astronomy

: a southern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Hydrus and Grus and that is represented by the figure of a toucan Over a similar 10-day period last month, the Hubble telescope operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was focused on a narrow region in the constellation Tucana, near the south celestial pole.— John Noble Wilford, New York Times, 24 Nov. 1998

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Tucana

1802, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Tucana

Dictionary Entries near Tucana

tubulure

tub wheel

TUC

Tucana

tucandera

Tucano

Tucanoan

Statistics for Tucana

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Tucana

The first known use of Tucana was in 1802

See more words from the same year

Comments on Tucana

What made you want to look up Tucana? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

lying above or upon

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!