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tody

[toh-dee]
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noun, plural to·dies.
  1. any of several small West Indian birds of the family Todidae, related to the motmots and kingfishers, having brightly colored green and red plumage.

Origin of tody

apparently < French todier, based on New Latin Todus a genus, Latin: a kind of small bird
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Examples from the Web for tody

Historical Examples

  • "Why all my troubles fly away, quick as a wink," laughed Tody.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • His voice wasn't as pleasant as Tody's nor the giant's, but what he said was all right.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • Tody caught him just in time or there would have been trouble.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson

  • Perhaps the rousing of the odd, fantastic feeling had been favoured by the slumber beginning to encroach on tody and brain.

    A Rough Shaking

    George MacDonald

  • Just one little one rolled down his right cheek But that was on the other side of Tody.

    Seven O'Clock Stories

    Robert Gordon Anderson


British Dictionary definitions for tody

tody

noun plural -dies
  1. any small bird of the family Todidae of the Caribbean, having a red-and-green plumage and long straight bill: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)

Word Origin

C18: from French todier, from Latin todus small bird
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