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Tico

[tee-koh; Spanish tee-kaw] /ˈti koʊ; Spanish ˈti kɔ/ Slang. (in Central America)
noun, plural Ticos
[tee-kohz; Spanish tee-kaws] /ˈti koʊz; Spanish ˈti kɔs/ (Show IPA)
1.
a native or inhabitant of Costa Rica.
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Costa Rica or its inhabitants:
an exhibition of Tico art.
Origin of Tico
< American Spanish tico, said to be from Costa Ricans' predilection for diminutives formed with the suffix -itico
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