tro·​gon ˈtrō-ˌgän How to pronounce trogon (audio)
: any of numerous nonpasserine tropical birds (family Trogonidae) with brilliant often iridescent plumage

Examples of trogon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some had traveled from as far as Minnesota specifically to scratch the trogon off their life list of bird viewings. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 20 May 2024 Many species — such as the elegant trogon and Rivoli’s hummingbird — reach the northern edge of their range here. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 Tucson Audubon conservation biologist Jennie MacFarland drove past the mine site without stopping this spring while leading her annual volunteer count of elegant trogons nesting in southern Arizona. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2023 Called Cave Creek Ranch, his business rents rooms and cottages under a canopy of oaks and sycamores in a habitat favoring numerous birds rare to the U.S., including the elegant trogon, a red-white-and-green birder magnet that’s more common in Mexico and Central America. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 7 July 2023 The plumed paradise birds, the great and little egret, blue-throated and amethyst hummingbirds, the bright green Carolina parakeet, the Toco toucan, the lyre bird, the silver pheasant, the velvet bird, the tanager, the resplendent trogon ... Mary Jo Dilonardo, Treehugger, 25 May 2023 The elegant trogon is one of the most highly prized sightings of birders who come from around the world for the opportunity. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 21 Mar. 2022 One song had survived—Suzy’s recording of a violaceous trogon. Karen Russell, The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 There were trogons and toucans, curassows and woodpeckers. National Geographic, 19 Dec. 2019

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'trogon.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek trōgōn, present participle of trōgein to gnaw

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trogon was in 1792

Dictionary Entries Near trogon

Cite this Entry

“Trogon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

More from Merriam-Webster on trogon

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!