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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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 Her bedroom is stacked with cages of toucans and other tropical birds. Amy Julia Harris And Shoshana Walter, charlotteobserver, "Drug users got exploited. Disabled patients got hurt. One woman benefited from it all. | Charlotte Observer," 21 May 2018 The outlet reports that Haddish will play Tuca, an eccentric and confident toucan, and Wong with play Bertie, an anxious, gentle songbird. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Tiffany Haddish & Ali Wong Are Making A Netflix Comedy About Bird Women," 7 May 2018 But toucans reside in the treetops of Central and South America, the San Diego Zoo explains, not in the open hillsides of dreary Ireland. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "St. Patrick's Day: The story behind the Guinness toucan," 16 Mar. 2018 The brewery often gets asked about the story of the toucan. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "St. Patrick's Day: The story behind the Guinness toucan," 16 Mar. 2018 During the recent commercial shoot at Univision’s studios on the Westside, the couple co-starred with a black cobra, a curious toucan that pecked at Kruskall’s microphone and an alligator with razor-sharp jaws. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Meet Tarzan: This KC lawman is a former model who fights for animal rights | The Kansas City Star," 22 Feb. 2018 Not on display are any of the dozens of live animals that have been presented as gifts to the queen over the years, ranging from an elephant from Cameroon to sloths, toucans and even a giant armadillo from Brazil. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "Buckingham Palace Remembers Princess Diana With New Exhibit," 24 July 2017

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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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