Main definitions of tokay in English

: tokay1Tokay2

tokay1

(also tokay gecko)

noun

  • A large grey SE Asian gecko with orange and blue spots, having a loud call that resembles its name.

    Gekko gecko, family Gekkonidae

    • ‘To find out how the setae release particles, they first took setal arrays from tokay geckos and affixed them to acetate strips with cyanoacrylate gel.’
    • ‘Other familiar predators are geckoes, tokays and frogs, and I know which I prefer in my home.’
    • ‘The gecko example that has been most fully studied is the tokay, Gekko gecko.’
    • ‘While living here I have spotted many, including small shiny skinned skinks, geckos (jing-jocks and tokays), and large monitor lizards.’
    • ‘A single seta of the tokay gecko is approximately 100 microns in length and 5 microns in diameter.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Malay dialect toke', from Javanese tekèk, imitative of its call.

Pronunciation

tokay

/təʊˈkeɪ/

Main definitions of tokay in English

: tokay1Tokay2

Tokay2

noun

mass noun
  • A sweet aromatic wine, originally made near Tokaj in Hungary.

    • ‘It has nothing to do with the Hungarian wine Tokay.’
    • ‘We, however, were so delighted by our sweet Malaga, Concord, Tokay and Muscat that they were never secreted away for dinner's end.’
    • ‘During the meal, however, he drank 12 bottles of wine followed by a Tokay, a Paphos, a Madeira, and a Falernian with the fruit.’
    • ‘I really think people should also consider say Fino Sherry and, of course, Tokay.’
    • ‘The amazing Bulgarian ‘royal’ wine, a Tokay Aszu, was sipped with the dessert of chocolate mousse on a caramelised almond ice cream.’
    • ‘While Tokay struggled through socialism to re-emerge in splendour, Cotnari, which used to appear in Paris restaurants as ‘Pearle de la Moldovi’ faded from sight.’
    • ‘The Tea Room is hung with silks embroidered with the initials of the Emperor Franz-Josef, who once sipped his Tokay here in the entr'act.’
    • ‘To go with it we took a 1995 Tokay and a 1998 Noble Reisling.’

Pronunciation

Tokay

/təʊˈkeɪ/