Toucan Tou"can (t[=oo]"k[a^]n; 277), n. [F., fr. Pg. tucano; from Brazilian name. ] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of fruit-eating birds of tropical America belonging to {Ramphastos}, {Pteroglossus}, and allied genera of the family {Ramphastid[ae]}. They have a very large, but light and thin, beak, often nearly as long as the body itself. Most of the species are brilliantly colored with red, yellow, white, and black in striking contrast. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astronom.) A modern constellation of the southern hemisphere. [1913 Webster]

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  • toucan — [ tukɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1557; mot tupi (Brésil) ♦ Oiseau frugivore (rhamphastidés) au plumage éclatant, à bec énorme, qui vit dans les régions montagneuses de l Amérique du Sud. ● toucan nom masculin (tupi tucano) Assez petit oiseau (rhamphastidé) des… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • toucan — bright colored bird of S.America, 1560s, from Fr. toucan (1550s) and Sp. tucan; from Tupi (Brazil) tuka, tukana, probably imitative of its call …   Etymology dictionary

  • toucan — ► NOUN ▪ a tropical American fruit eating bird with a massive bill and brightly coloured plumage. ORIGIN Tupi …   English terms dictionary

  • toucan — [to͞o′kan΄, to͞o′kän΄, to͞o′kən; to͞o kan′, to͞okän′] n. [Fr < Port tucano < Tupí tucana: echoic of its cry] any of a family (Ramphastidae) of brightly colored, fruit eating piciform birds of tropical America, distinguished by a very large… …   English World dictionary

  • Toucan — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Toucan (homonymie). Nom vernaculaire ou nom normalisé ambigu : Le terme « Toucan » s applique en français à plusieurs taxons distincts …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Toucan — Taxobox name = Toucan image caption = Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus) image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Piciformes familia = Ramphastidae familia authority = Vigors, 1825 subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • toucan — /tooh kan, kahn, tooh kahn /, n. 1. any of several usually brightly colored, fruit eating birds of the family Ramphastidae, of tropical America, having a very large bill. 2. (cap.) Astron. the constellation Tucana. [1550 60; < F < Pg tucano <… …   Universalium

  • toucan — (tou kan) s. m. 1°   Gros et bel oiseau du Brésil, dont les couleurs sont d une variété admirable. Gorges de toucan. 2°   Nom d une constellation de l hémisphère austral. HISTORIQUE    XVIe s. •   Il a veu aux terres neufves un oiseau que les… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • toucan — UK [ˈtuːkən] / US [ˈtuˌkæn] noun [countable] Word forms toucan : singular toucan plural toucans a large, brightly coloured bird with a large curved beak that lives in tropical America …   English dictionary

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