One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The largest and most familiar South American toucan, with mainly black plumage, a white throat and breast, and a massive black-tipped orange bill.
- ‘As our piloteiro, David Albuquerque, maneuvered an aluminum fishing boat along the tannin-stained Rio Negro, we saw toco toucans and jabiru storks.’
- ‘The toco toucan, Ramphastos toco, can cost as much as $6,000.’
Late 18th century: via Portuguese from Tupi; compare with toucan.
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