(Trough"-shell`) n. (Zoöl.) Any bivalve shell of the genus Mactra. See Mactra.
(Troul) v. t. & i. See Troll.
(Trounce) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Trounced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Trouncing ] [F. tronce, tronche, a
stump, piece of wood. See Truncheon.] To punish or beat severely; to whip smartly; to flog; to castigate.
(||Troupe) n. [F., troop. See Troop.] A company or troop, especially the company pf performers
in a play or an opera.
(Troup"i*al) n. [F. troupiale.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of bright-colored American
birds belonging to Icterus and allied genera, especially Icterus icterus, a native of the West Indies and
South America. Many of the species are called orioles in America. [Written also troopial.]
(Trouse) n. Trousers. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Trou"ser*ing) n. Cloth or material for making trousers.
(Trou"sers) n. pl. [OF. trousses breeches worn by pages, from trousse, trosse, a bundle, a
truss. See Truss, and cf. Trossers, Trouse.] A garment worn by men and boys, extending from the
waist to the knee or to the ankle, and covering each leg separately.
(||Trous`seau") n. [F., fr. OF. trossel, dim. of trousse a bundle, truss. See Truss.] The
collective lighter equipments or outfit of a bride, including clothes, jewelry, and the like; especially, that
which is provided for her by her family.
(Trout) n. [AS. truht, L. tructa, tructus; akin to Gr. trw`kths a sea fish with sharp teeth, fr. trw`gein
1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of fishes belonging to Salmo, Salvelinus, and allied genera
of the family Salmonidæ. They are highly esteemed as game fishes and for the quality of their flesh. All
the species breed in fresh water, but after spawning many of them descend to the sea if they have an
The most important European species are the river, or brown, trout the salmon trout, and the sewen.
The most important American species are the brook, speckled, or red-spotted, trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
of the Northern United States and Canada; the red-spotted trout, or Dolly Varden (see Malma); the lake
trout (see Namaycush); the black-spotted, mountain, or silver, trout (Salmo purpuratus); the golden, or
rainbow, trout (see under Rainbow); the blueback trout (see Oquassa); and the salmon trout (see under
Salmon.) The European trout has been introduced into America.
2. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of marine fishes more or less resembling a trout in appearance or
habits, but not belonging to the same family, especially the California rock trouts, the common squeteague,