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[took, tyook] /tuk, tyuk/
a heavy stocking cap worn in Canada.
Also, toque.
1870-75; < Canadian French, variant of French toque toque

La Tuque

[luh took, tyook; French la tyk] /lə ˈtuk, ˈtyuk; French la ˈtük/
a town in S Quebec, in E Canada. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for tuque


noun (Canadian)
a knitted cap with a long tapering end
Also called toque. a close-fitting knitted hat often with a tassel or pompom
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French, from French: toque
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Word Origin and History for tuque

1871, from Canadian French variant of French toque (see toque).

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La Tuque

city, Mauricie-Bois-Francs region, southern Quebec province, Canada, situated on the Saint-Maurice River. During the French regime, the site was occupied by a trading post of the Company of New France. The original lumbering settlement of 1908 was named for a rock on the river's edge that was shaped like a tuque (toque), the woolen headgear that was worn by early French trappers. The town's economy depends chiefly on forestry and allied industries (pulp and paper) and a large hydroelectric installation on the river. The area is noted for its hunting, fishing, and skiing. A three-day lumberjacks' canoe race from La Tuque to Trois-Rivieres city (103 miles [165 km] south) is held annually in late summer. In 2003 the town merged with several surrounding communities, greatly expanding its area. Inc. town, 1911; city, 2003. Pop. (2006) 11,821.

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