trochilus

noun

troch·​i·​lus
-kələs
1
plural trochili
-kəˌlī
b
: any of several Old World warblers (as the goldcrest or the willow warbler)
2
capitalized : a formerly extensive genus of hummingbirds that is usually restricted to a long-tailed Jamaican hummingbird (T. polytmus)
3
plural trochili : scotia

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Trochilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trochilus. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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