tody

noun
to·​dy | \ ˈtōdē, -di \
plural -es

Definition of tody

1 : any of several tiny nonpasserine insectivorous West Indian birds constituting the genus Todus, being closely related to the kingfishers, having a long flattened bill with strong rictal bristles, and nesting in holds in banks — see green tody
2 : any of various small brightly colored birds (as some American flycatchers) — compare royal flycatcher

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History and Etymology for tody

modification of French todier, from Latin todus, a small bird

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“Tody.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tody. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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