Definition of touraco in English:


Syllabification: tou·ra·co
Pronunciation: /ˈto͝orəˌkō
(also turaco)

noun (plural touracos)

  • A fruit-eating African bird with brightly colored plumage, a prominent crest, and a long tail.
    • Family Musophagidae (the touraco family): three genera, especially Musophaga and Tauraco, and several species. The touraco family also includes the plantain-eaters
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    • The number of extra steps required to unite hoatzin with turacos or cuckoos is large.
    • The only animals to be found here are blue and Colobus monkeys and a variety of birds including hornbill and turaco.
    • The turaco was found to differentiate among the calls of predators and those of competitors.


mid 18th century: French, from a West African word.

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