toucan

noun
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

Examples of toucan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Delightful colors and patterns of palm trees, flowers, and toucans are just the right amount of tacky. John Clary Davies, Outside Online, "A Love Letter to Old, Dorky, Perfect Hawaiian Shirts," 16 Feb. 2020 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 There were trogons and toucans, curassows and woodpeckers. National Geographic, "Here’s how travelers can help protect frogs in Costa Rica," 19 Dec. 2019 The float, which was 35 feet tall and 55 feet long, featured tamarin monkeys with bright orange hair made of layered marigold petals and toucans with glistening black seaweed feathers. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade celebrates diversity with Rita Moreno, Los Lobos and Maria from ‘Sesame Street’," 1 Jan. 2020 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of toucan was in 1568

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“Toucan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/toucan. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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toucan

noun
How to pronounce toucan (audio) How to pronounce toucan (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of toucan

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

toucan

noun
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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