tro·​gon | \ ˈtrō-ˌgän How to pronounce trogon (audio) \

Definition of trogon

: any of numerous nonpasserine tropical birds (family Trogonidae) with brilliant often iridescent plumage

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Recent Examples on the Web There were trogons and toucans, curassows and woodpeckers. National Geographic, "Here’s how travelers can help protect frogs in Costa Rica," 19 Dec. 2019 This connectivity allows mammals like jaguars—which have a breeding population in northwest Mexico—and birds like elegant trogons to trek up from Central America. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, birds that spend little or no time in the air, like tropical pittas and trogons, have more spherical eggs. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "A surprisingly simple explanation for the shape of bird eggs," 22 June 2017

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First Known Use of trogon

1792, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trogon

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

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“Trogon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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