trochilus

noun
troch·​i·​lus | \ -kələs \

Definition of trochilus

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

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Trochilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trochilus. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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