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Syllabification: tou·can
Pronunciation: /ˈto͞oˌkan
, ˈto͞oˌkän/

Definition of toucan in English:


A tropical American fruit-eating bird with a massive bill and typically brightly colored plumage.
  • Genera Ramphastos and Andigena, family Ramphastidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.
  • Of course, year-round residents also make their homes among the bright red coffee cherries, including jays, wood creepers, hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, parakeets and other species.
  • The quetzals have nowhere to go, so they nest in tree cavities within easy reach of the toucans who feast on quetzal eggs and chicks.


mid 16th century: via French and Portuguese from Tupi tucan, imitative of its call.

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