- 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
"Why all my troubles fly away, quick as a wink," laughed Tody.
His voice wasn't as pleasant as Tody's nor the giant's, but what he said was all right.
Tody caught him just in time or there would have been trouble.
Perhaps the rousing of the odd, fantastic feeling had been favoured by the slumber beginning to encroach on tody and brain.A Rough Shaking
Tody the Clown sat by his side and kept his plate full and his cup full too.
- any small bird of the family Todidae of the Caribbean, having a red-and-green plumage and long straight bill: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
C18: from French todier, from Latin todus small bird
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