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TROPHY, in antiquity, a monument or me morial in commemoration of some victory. It consisted of some of the arms and other spoils of the vanquished enemy, hung upon the trunk of a tree or a stone pillar by the victorious army. The custom of ereoting trophies was most general among the Greeks, but it passed at length to the Romans. It was the practice also to have representations of trophies carved in stone, in bronze or similar lasting substance. In modern times trophies have been erected in churches and other public buildings to com memorate victories or heroic action in war. The term has been extended to describe any group of objects hung on a wall to commemorate an event, industry or activity.

a sea-bird of the family Phalontidze, related to the pelican. The bill in these birds is sharp, curved superiorly, and is as long as the head. The two middle feathers of the tail are very long and narrow, giving the birds the names boatswain-bird or marlin spike among sailors. They inhabit the tropical

seas and can fly for days together without visit ing land, resting and sleeping on the water. A large and well-known species is Phateon ethereus,, which averages about two and one half feet in length, the tail-feathers being about 15 inches. It is most often seen in the Indian Ocean, where it breeds on the Mascarene Is lands. The yellow-billed tropic-bird (P. jiavi sostris) is smaller and more often seen in the western Atlantic, since it annually visits Ber muda and the Antilles to breed, laying but a single, heavily blotched egg in a hollow of the beach, or sometimes in a rude nest in a. tree. Consult Newton, 'Dictionary of Birds) (New York 1896).