trochilus

noun troch·i·lus \-kələs\

Definition of trochilus

  1. 1 plural trochili \-kəˌlī\ a :  crocodile bird b :  any of several Old World warblers (as the goldcrest or the willow warbler) c :  hummingbird

  2. 2 capitalized :  a formerly extensive genus of hummingbirds that is usually restricted to a long-tailed Jamaican hummingbird (T. polytmus)

  3. 3 plural trochili :  scotia

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Origin and Etymology of trochilus

New Latin, from Latin, a small bird, perhaps the golden-crested kinglet, from Greek trochilos crocodile bird, wren; akin to Greek trechein to run — more at trochee


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