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hummingbird

[huhm-ing-burd] /ˈhʌm ɪŋˌbɜrd/
noun
1.
a very small nectar-sipping New World bird of the family Trochilidae, characterized by the brilliant, iridescent plumage of the male, a slender bill, and narrow wings, the extremely rapid beating of which produces a humming sound: noted for their ability to hover and to fly upward, downward, and backward in a horizontal position.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35, Americanism; humming + bird
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hummingbird

/ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
any very small American bird of the family Trochilidae, having a brilliant iridescent plumage, long slender bill, and wings specialized for very powerful vibrating flight: order Apodiformes
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