tou·​can | \ ˈtü-ˌkan How to pronounce toucan (audio) , -ˌkän, tü-ˈkan, -ˈkän How to pronounce toucan (audio) \

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

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On your first evening, learn about night photography and Belize’s diverse wildlife, ranging from the jaguar to the toucan. National Geographic, "Belize Expedition: Oceans and Underwater Exploration," 10 Sep. 2019 Cap off the trip with a wild Amazon adventure, spying monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and toucans while staying at an eco-lodge nestled in the rainforest. National Geographic, "Peru Family Journey: Machu Picchu to the Amazon," 12 June 2019 Tiki the toucan is a free bird after escaping the Flamingo Gardens wildlife sanctuary. Erika Pesantes,, "Tiki the toucan took off. Is she feasting on your mangoes?," 12 June 2018 The zoo recently added toucans, a spider monkey and the popular red pandas. USA TODAY, "Tubing, Hemingway, great white sharks: News from around our 50 states," 21 July 2019 Offering a more traditional Hawaiian shirt print, there’s also a darker pink shirt which is decorated with toucans and flowers. Maria Pasquini,, "Cute Overload! Celebrate Summer by Getting Matching Hawaiian Shirts for You and Your Dog," 15 July 2019 Hone your wildlife observation skills by identifying some of Yasuní’s nearly 600 bird species, including colorful toucans and the massive harpy eagle. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Tiki had been living in a home where a fellow toucan kept beating her up. Erika Pesantes,, "Tiki the toucan took off. Is she feasting on your mangoes?," 12 June 2018 But the toucan, which first appeared in 1935, prevailed. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "St. Patrick's Day: The story behind the Guinness toucan," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of toucan

1568, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toucan

French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tukána

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English Language Learners Definition of toucan

: a tropical American bird that has bright feathers and a very large beak


tou·​can | \ ˈtü-ˌkan How to pronounce toucan (audio) \

Kids Definition of toucan

: a brightly colored tropical bird that has a very large beak and feeds mostly on fruit

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