Definition of touraco in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: tou·ra·co

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