- any of several brilliantly colored birds of the family Trogonidae, especially of the genus Trogon, of tropical and subtropical regions of the New World.
Origin of trogon
1785–95; < New Latin < Greek trṓgōn, present participle of trṓgein to gnaw
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Examples from the Web for trogon
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.
This trogon of the primary forest was second in abundance only to H. diardi.Birds from North Borneo
Max C. Thompson
Nupee had been left to mount guard over the serpent which had been found near the trogon tree.Jungle Peace
The Trogon is inclined to conceal his beauty in thickets, and rarely displays himself in the open.
- 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
C18: from New Latin, from Greek trōgōn, from trōgein to gnaw