trochilus

[trok-uh-luh s]

Origin of trochilus

1555–65; < Greek tróchilos; see trochlea
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trochilus

noun plural -li (-ˌlaɪ)
  1. another name for hummingbird
  2. any of several Old World warblers, esp Phylloscopus trochilus (willow warbler)

Word Origin for trochilus

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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