Origin of trochilus
1555–65; < Greek tróchilos; see trochlea
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This benefits the crocodile, who is pleased, and takes care not to hurt the trochilus.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Trochilus colubris), strange death of a; nest of.Locusts and Wild Honey
Trochilus rufus is not only often found here, but also under sixty degrees of latitude.
In the same island is found another species, the Trochilus gigas—a very large bird for so delicate a family.The Western World
I rather think, however, that it is Molina's Trochilus galeritus.
- another name for hummingbird
- any of several Old World warblers, esp Phylloscopus trochilus (willow warbler)
C16: via Latin from Greek trokhilos name of a small Egyptian bird said by ancient writers to pick the teeth of crocodiles, from trekhein to run
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