Definition of toucan
: any of a family (Ramphastidae) of chiefly fruit-eating birds of tropical America with brilliant coloring and a very large but light and thin-walled bill
Recent Examples of toucan from the Web
At the top: Hikers occasionally see monkeys and toucans among the palm trees and orchids in the tropical forest.
Choose the flamingo, toucan, swan, or unicorn, then follow the easy recipe.
The videos showed Officer Durr presenting to children with the help of a toucan, a chimpanzee and a boy in a striped T-shirt.
Before entering the Tiki Room, visitors are entertained by Clyde and Claude, two toucans perched atop a Tiki god statue.
The ride up a cobble-strewed path was a series of pinch-me moments — glorious vistas of the northern Andes, rays of morning sun shooting through fluffy clouds, the occasional ridiculous-beaked toucan flying by.
March 29 1968 - Florida Governor Claude Kirk admires a toucan being held by Vicki Leland at Sunken Gardens.
Stop for tea at the outdoor café and listen to the calls of the toucans.
Researchers have discovered that the toucan can heat and cool its bill at an astonishing rate, changing its temperature by up to 10 Celsius degrees (18 Fahrenheit degrees) within a few minutes.
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Origin and Etymology of toucan
French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tukána
First Known Use: 1568See Words from the same year
TOUCAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of toucan for English Language Learners
: a tropical American bird that has bright feathers and a very large beak
TOUCAN Defined for Kids
Definition of toucan for Students
: a brightly colored tropical bird that has a very large beak and feeds mostly on fruit
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