Definition of Toucan

1. Noun. Brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak.

Generic synonyms: Piciform Bird
Group relationships: Family Ramphastidae, Ramphastidae
Specialized synonyms: Toucanet



Definition of Toucan

1. n. Any one of numerous species of fruit-eating birds of tropical America belonging to Ramphastos, Pteroglossus, and allied genera of the family Ramphastidæ. 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.

Definition of Toucan

1. Noun. Any of various neotropical frugivorous birds from the family Ramphastidae, with a large colorful beak. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Toucan

1. a tropical bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Toucan

1. 1. Any one of numerous species of fruit-eating birds of tropical America belonging to Ramphastos, Pteroglossus, and allied genera of the family Ramphastidae. They have a very large, but light and thin, beak, often nearly as long as the body itself. most of the species are brilliantly coloured with red, yellow, white, and black in striking contrast. 2. A modern constellation of the southern hemisphere. Origin: F, fr. Pg. Tucano; from Brazilian name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Toucan

tottier
totties
tottiest
totting
tottings
tottle
tottled
tottles
tottling
tottlish
totus porcus
toty
toubab
toubabs
toucan (current term)
toucan crossing
toucan crossings
toucanet
toucanets
toucanlike
toucans
touch
touch'd
touch-and-go
touch-and-go landing
touch-and-go landings
touch-hole
touch-mark
touch-me-not

Literary usage of Toucan

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1. Robert Merry's Museum by Samuel G Goodrich (1842)
"Another proof of the good sense of the toucan is furnished by his always sitting ... Beside this proof of his sagacity, I may add, that the toucan holds the ..."

2. Merry's Museum (1842)
"Another proof of the good sense of the toucan is furnished by his always sitting ... Beside this proof of his sagacity, I may add, that the toucan holds the ..."

3. The naturalist on the river Amazons by Henry Walter Bates (1863)
"The feathers on the head of this singular Curl-crested toucan. bird are transformed into thin, horny plates, of a lustrous black colour, curled up at the ..."

4. Knowledge for the People, Or, The Plain why and Because: Or, the Plain why by John Timbs (1832)
"THE toucan. Why is the toucan also called the 'Egg-sucker'? ... Why has the toucan a broad and long bill, covered with branches of nerves ? WOODPECKER. ..."

5. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1882)
"over all.'— L. super, over; totum, ace. of to/us, all. And see Teetotaller, Teetotum. toucan, a bird. (F. - Brazil.) F. toucan : a Brazilian word (Littré). ..."

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