Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A tropical American fruit-eating bird with a massive bill and typically brightly colored plumage.
- ‘Of course, year-round residents also make their homes among the bright red coffee cherries, including jays, wood creepers, hummingbirds, toucans, parrots, parakeets and other species.’
- ‘Mexico is home to toucans, vultures, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, parrots, macaws, and quetzals.’
- ‘Other cages house an older toucan and a pair of parrots.’
- ‘Experienced guides can help you spot resplendent quetzal, emerald toucan, green sea turtle, and howler monkey.’
- ‘The quetzals have nowhere to go, so they nest in tree cavities within easy reach of the toucans who feast on quetzal eggs and chicks.’
Mid 16th century: via French and Portuguese from Tupi tucan, imitative of its call.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.