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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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Examples from the web for hummingbird
  • There's a good reason for this: it helps deposit pollen specifically on the underchin of the flower's hummingbird pollinators.
  • We get bats on our hummingbird feeder in the late summer early fall.
  • He came with the cool breeze of late night or on days so hot that even the hummingbird stayed still in the shade.
  • Let's talk about the hummingbird, which a lot of people think is kind of a unicorn on wings, all sweetness and light.
  • They are attracted to the sweetened water in hummingbird feeders and to foods set out for them.
  • Both nectar from blooms and tiny insects find their way into the hummingbird's diet.
  • Relax and enjoy a dessert of pecan pie or hummingbird cake.
  • The hummingbird garden is carefully outfitted with the precise type of food to keep the birds coming back.
  • While here you can visit the butterfly and insect museum, the hummingbird garden, and the reptile and amphibian exhibit.
  • Inquire about his finances and he talks about his hummingbird feeder.
British Dictionary definitions for hummingbird

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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