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tody

[toh-dee] /ˈtoʊ di/
noun, plural todies.
1.
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
apparently < French todier, based on Neo-Latin Todus a genus, Latin: a kind of small bird
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tody

/ˈtəʊdɪ/
noun (pl) -dies
1.
any small bird of the family Todidae of the Caribbean, having a red-and-green plumage and long straight bill: order Coraciiformes (kingfishers, etc)
Word Origin
C18: from French todier, from Latin todus small bird
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any of five species of small, brilliantly coloured forest birds constituting the genus Todus of the order Coraciiformes. They occur in the West Indies. Four distinct but closely related broad-billed todies may be found on the islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Hispaniola (some systems of classification group them in a single species, Todus subulatus). The fifth, the narrow-billed tody (T. angustirostris), is found only on Hispaniola. About 9 to 12 cm (3.5 to 5 inches) long, all have grass-green backs and bright red bibs. They dig tiny nest burrows in sandbanks and feed on insects, caught on the wing

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