• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trochilus (Zoöl) A genus of humming birds. It Formerly included all the known species.
    • Trochilus (Arch) An annular molding whose section is concave, like the edge of a pulley; -- called also scotia.
    • Trochilus (Zoöl) Any one of several species of wrens and kinglets.
    • Trochilus (Zoöl) The crocodile bird. "The crocodile . . . opens his chaps to let the trochil in to pick his teeth, which gives it the usual feeding."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trochilus A trochil; one of several different birds. A bird described by some ancient writers, as Herodotus, as a kind of wagtail or sandpiper which enters the mouth of the crocodile and feeds by picking the reptile's teeth. Many surmises have been made in the attempt to identify this bird. It is certainly one of the small plover-like birds of the region of the Nile, probably either the Egyptian courser, crocodile-bird, or sicsac, Pluvianus ægyptius, belonging to the subfamily Cursoriinæ (see cut under Pluvianus), or the Egyptian spur-winged plover, Hoplopterus spinosus (see cut under spur-winged).
    • n trochilus [capitalized] In ornithology, a Linnean genus of humming-birds, type of the family Trochilidæ, formerly including all the species then known, since divided into perhaps 200 modern genera. The generic name is now commonly restricted to such species as the common ruby-throated humming-bird of the United States, T. colubris, and the black-throated humming-bird of California, T. alexandri. See cut under humming-bird.
    • n trochilus In architecture, same as scotia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trochilus trok′i-lus a genus of humming-birds.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. trochilus, a kind of small bird. Gr. , fr. , to run
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. trochilos.


In literature:

TROCHILUS Woe to you!
"The Birds" by Aristophanes
Crocodiles, intelligence of; the bird trochilus the friend of; customs of, in breeding.
"Essays and Miscellanies" by Plutarch
Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Trochilus colubris).
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Here the orange breasted trochilus occurred.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith