noun Etymology: French, from Portuguese tucano, from Tupi tukána Date: 1568 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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  • 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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • toucan — tikrieji tukanai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Ramphastos angl. toucan vok. Tukan, m rus. тукан, m pranc. toucan, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tukaniniai siauresnis terminas – arielis siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

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