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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tou•canˈtu kæn, -kɑn, tuˈkɑn(n.)

  1. any of several brightly colored, large billed, fruit-eating birds of the family Ramphastidae, of the New World tropics.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of toucan:

1550–60; < F < Pg tucano < Tupi tucan

Princeton's WordNet

  1. toucan(noun)

    brilliantly colored arboreal fruit-eating bird of tropical America having a very large thin-walled beak

Wiktionary

  1. toucan(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: From toucan or tucán, from a Tupi-Guaraní word.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Toucan(noun)

    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 colored with red, yellow, white, and black in striking contrast

  2. Toucan(noun)

    a modern constellation of the southern hemisphere

Freebase

  1. Toucan

    Toucans are members of the family Ramphastidae of near passerine birds from the Neotropics. The Ramphastidae family is most closely related to the American barbets. They are brightly marked and have large, often colorful bills. The family includes five genera and about forty different species. The name of this bird group is derived from the Tupi word tukana, via Portuguese. The family includes toucans, aracaris and toucanets; more distant relatives include various families of barbets and woodpeckers in the suborder Pici.

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