from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various small birds of the family Todidae, of the West Indies, related to the kingfisher and the motmot and having colorful, predominantly green plumage and a bright red throat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Todus of small insectivorous Caribbean birds.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of several species of small insectivorous West Indian birds of the genus Todus. They are allied to the kingfishers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the genus Todus or family Todidæ.
  • n. One of several birds formerly misplaced in the genus Todus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. tiny insectivorous West Indian bird having red-and-green plumage and a long straight bill


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Probably from French todier, from New Latin Todus, genus name, from Latin todus, a kind of small bird.


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