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  1. any of several brilliantly colored birds of the family Trogonidae, especially of the genus Trogon, of tropical and subtropical regions of the New World.
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Origin of trogon

1785–95; < New Latin < Greek trṓgōn, present participle of trṓgein to gnaw
Related formstro·gon·oid [troh-guh-noid] /ˈtroʊ gəˌnɔɪd/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trogon

Historical Examples

  • Because we have shot the only trogon in the district, and we are wasting time here.

    Through Forest and Stream

    George Manville Fenn

  • One of the most strikingly colored birds in Cuba is the trogon.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

  • This trogon of the primary forest was second in abundance only to H. diardi.

  • Nupee had been left to mount guard over the serpent which had been found near the trogon tree.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • The Trogon is inclined to conceal his beauty in thickets, and rarely displays himself in the open.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5

    Willis Fletcher Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for trogon


  1. any bird of the order Trogoniformes of tropical and subtropical regions of America, Africa, and Asia. They have a brilliant plumage, short hooked bill, and long tailSee also quetzal
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Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek trōgōn, from trōgein to gnaw
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