Any of various small, mostly insectivorous birds of the genus Todus of the West Indies, having colorful, predominantly green plumage and a bright red throat.
Any of a family (Todidae) of small, insect-eating coraciiform birds of the West Indies with green upper parts and a red throat.
Other Word Forms
Origin of tody
- Probably from French todier from New Latin Todus genus name from Latin todus assumed singular (used as the genus name for the todies by 18th-century naturalists) of plural todī small birds of a certain kind
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition