plural -es
: 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
: any of various small brightly colored birds (as some American flycatchers) compare royal flycatcher

Word History


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

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“Tody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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