toco

1 of 3

noun (1)

to·​co
ˈtō(ˌ)kō
plural -s
: a large South American toucan (Ramphastos toco) that is chiefly black with the rump and throat white, the latter tinged with yellow and bordered with red, and the under tail coverts crimson

toco

2 of 3

noun (2)

to·​co
variants or toko
"
plural -s
British slang, dated
: rigorous and usually physical chastisement
then we were taught to … ride on young jackals, and if we fell off we caught toco, I can tell youAscott Robert Hope Moncrieff

toco-

3 of 3

combining form

variants or toko-
: childbirth : offspring
tocogenetic
tocology

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Portuguese, from Tupi

Noun (2)

Hindi ṭoko, imperative of ṭoknā to blame

Combining form

Greek tokos, from tiktein to bear, beget

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“Toco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toco. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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