• WordNet 3.6
    • n Troglodytes type genus of the Troglodytidae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Troglodytes (Zoöl) A genus of apes including the chimpanzee.
    • Troglodytes (Zoöl) A genus of singing birds including the common wrens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n troglodytes In ornithology: A genus of wrens, type of the family Troglodytidae, based by Vieillot in 1807 on T. aëdon. The type is taken to be the common wren of Europe, T. europæus or T. parvulus, formerly Sylvia troglodytes. The name, erroneous in fact, was changed by Rennie in 1831 to Anorthura. It has been used by different writers for nearly all the birds of the family Troglodytidæ (and for some others). Thus, the common winter wren of the United States is T. hiemalis; the house-wren, T. aëdon; the great Carolina wren was T. ludovicianus; Bewick's wren, T. bewicki; the long-billed marsh-wren, T. palustris; the short-billed marsh-wren, T. brevirostris. The last four named are now placed in other genera. See cuts under marsh-wren and Thryothorus.
    • n troglodytes In the form Troglodites, a Linnean name (1744) of humming-birds, later (1748–66) called Trochilus. Compare similar confusion of trochilus, 1 and .
    • n troglodytes In mammalogy, a genus of anthropoid apes, instituted by Isidore Geoffroy St. Hilaire after 1807, containing the chimpanzee, T. niger, and the gorilla, T. gorilla. The generic name being preoccupied in ornithology, and therefore strictly untenable in mammalogy, this genus was called Mimetes by Leach in 1819, and afterward Anthropopithecus by De Blainville; but Troglodytes is still much used. See cuts under chimpanzee and gorilla.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. See Troglodyte


In literature:

Something troglodytic, shall we say?
"The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Foremost of all, of course, were the sight of the fiery caves and the certainty that some troglodytic race inhabited them.
"The Lost World" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Now I am ready for my troglodyte friend.
"Tales of Terror and Mystery" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Ezra Stowbody was a troglodyte.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
Then came Lord Mulross, a respectable troglodytic peer, who represented the one sluggish element in a swiftly progressing Government.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
This war is, indeed, a troglodytic propaganda.
"War and the Future" by H. G. Wells
He was no better than a troglodyte, set down in a new wilderness.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
Hurry along that breakfast of yours, sir; I am as hungry as a Troglodyte.
"Homeward Bound" by James Fenimore Cooper
They have become cave-dwellers, troglodytes in the worst form.
"What Germany Thinks" by Thomas F. A. Smith
The Yeoman of the Neversink was a somewhat odd specimen of a Troglodyte.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville

In news:

His best known song was the 1972 Jimmy Castor Bunch hit "Troglodyte.".
View full size Wikimedia Commons Ancient "troglodyte" homes in Louresse-Rochemenier, France.
The Mexican Blind Cave Fish Isn't the Only Troglodytic Fish Available to Fishkeepers.
Getty A stock photo of a chimpanzee (pan troglodytes) with arms raised.
I see our local troglodyte Fernand LaBranche has emerged from his cave to hurl more fire and brimstone at President Obama.

In science:

Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii and Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii.
Stable isotopes, functional morphology, and human evolution: a model of consilience