toucan

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A toucan

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From French toucan or Spanish tucán, from Tupian tuka, tukan, tukana, which probably originated as an imitation of its cry.

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toucan (plural toucans)

  1. Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak.
    • 1924Herman Melville, Billy Budd, ch 2
      The ear, small and shapely, the arch of the foot, the curve in mouth and nostril, even the indurated hand dyed to the orange-tawny of the toucan's bill, a hand telling alike of the halyards and tar-bucket;

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toucan m (plural toucans)

  1. toucan

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