tu·​ra·​co ˈtu̇r-ə-(ˌ)kō How to pronounce turaco (audio)
variants or touraco
plural turacos
: any of a family (Musophagidae) of typically crested African birds that are related to the cuckoos and have a long tail, a short stout often colored bill, and red wing feathers

Examples of turaco in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The placement of the Gitenga mask in the center of the gallery allows viewers to see the vibrant turaco feathers radiating from the mask. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2023

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First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of turaco was in 1743

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“Turaco.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turaco. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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