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[troh-gon] /ˈtroʊ gɒn/
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
Related forms
[troh-guh-noid] /ˈtroʊ gəˌnɔɪd/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • This trogon of the primary forest was second in abundance only to H. diardi.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • Because we have shot the only trogon in the district, and we are wasting time here.

    Through Forest and Stream George Manville Fenn
  • That blue-billed gaper probably came from Malacca, and the trogon too.

    Nat the Naturalist G. 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 in the sheen of its plumage almost rivals the beauty of the humming-birds.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • 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
  • And now the trogon fairly fell off the branch, seizing the insect almost before the tone died away.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • The plumes decorating the posterior extremity are of course extraneous and represent the tail of the quetzal or trogon.

    Animal Figures in the Maya Codices Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
  • The trogon melanurus is remarkable for the beauty of its plumage, having a glossy green back and rose-coloured breast.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for trogon


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 tail See also quetzal
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek trōgōn, from trōgein to gnaw
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