- any of various Old World birds, esp. warblers
- any of certain hummingbirds
Origin of trochilusClassical Latin from Classical Greek trochilos, literally , a runner from trechein, to run: see troche
(plural trochiluses or trochili)
- (zoology) Any member of the hummingbird genus Trochilus.
- (architecture) An annular moulding whose section is concave, like the edge of a pulley; a scotia.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin trochilus (“a kind of small bird"), from Ancient Greek [script?], to run.