(3 syl.). A people of Ethiopia, south-east of Egypt. Remains of their cave dwellings are still to be seen along the banks of the Nile. There were Troglodytes of Syria and Arabia also, according to Strabo. Pliny (v. 8) asserts that they fed on serpents. (Greek, trogle, a cave; duo, to get into.)
“King Francois, of eternal memory ... abhorred these hypocritical
Miners are sometimes facetiously called Troglodytes.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894