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Any of various colorful tropical or subtropical birds of the family Trogonidae, including the quetzals.

[New Latin Trōgōn, type genus name, from Greek trōgōn, present participle of trōgein, to gnaw (trogons being so called because they nest in holes excavated in trees and termite mounds with their bills); see terə-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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(Animals) any bird of the order Trogoniformes of tropical and subtropical regions of America, Africa, and Asia. They have a brilliant plumage, short hooked bill, and long tail. See also quetzal
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek trōgōn, from trōgein to gnaw]
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(ˈtroʊ gɒn)

any of various medium-sized, typically brilliantly colored arboreal birds comprising the order Trogoniformes, inhabiting tropical and subtropical parts of the New World, Africa, and Asia.
[1785–95; < New Latin < Greek trṓgōn, present participle of trṓgein to gnaw]
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Noun1.trogon - forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and long tailstrogon - forest bird of warm regions of the New World having brilliant lustrous plumage and long tails
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
family Trogonidae, Trogonidae - coextensive with the order Trogoniformes
quetzal bird, quetzal - large trogon of Central America and South America having golden-green and scarlet plumage
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