touraco

touraco

[toor-uh-koh]
noun, plural touracos.
any of several large, brightly colored birds of the family Musophagidae, of Africa, having a helmetlike crest.
Also, turaco.


Origin:
1735–45; < French touraco or Dutch toerako; ulterior origin obscure

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touraco or turaco (ˈtʊərəˌkəʊ)
 
n , pl -cos
any brightly coloured crested arboreal African bird of the family Musophagidae: order Cuculiformes (cuckoos, etc)
 
[C18: of West African origin]
 
turaco or turaco
 
n
 
[C18: of West African origin]

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touraco

any of about 18 species in six genera of colourful, fruit-eating African birds. The green and iridescent turacos (Tauraco, Musophaga, and Corythaeola) are primarily residents of dense broad-leaved evergreen forest; the grayer forms (Crinifer), most of which are called go-away birds (because the calls of some are "g'way, g'way"), are found in more open woodland, including savanna.

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