Definition of tody in English:


Syllabification: to·dy
Pronunciation: /ˈtōdē

noun (plural todies)

A small insectivorous Caribbean bird related to the motmots, with a large head, long bill, bright green upper parts, and a red throat.
  • Family Todidae and genus Todus: five species
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  • Like motmots and todies, kingfishers often have brilliant plumage, are largely insectivorous, and nest in cavities that are often excavated in earthen banks.
  • Oligocene fossils of todies and motmots from Wyoming and France, for example, indicate that the current ranges of these two groups are relictual.
  • When compared with the BMR of other very small birds, the tody's energetic demands appear unremarkable.


late 18th century: from French todier, from Latin todus, the name of a small bird.

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