: a genus comprising fruit-eating pigeons of southern Asia, the East Indies, and other warm parts of the Old World that have the plumage largely green shading into purple or maroon and being the type of a subfamily of Columbidae or sometimes of a distinct family

Word History


New Latin, from Greek trērōn timid, shy, dove; akin to Greek trein to flee, be afraid

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“Treron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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