9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[huhm-ing-burd] /ˈhʌm ɪŋˌbɜrd/
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 of hummingbird
1625-35, Americanism; humming + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
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


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for hummingbird

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for hummingbird

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with hummingbird

Nearby words for hummingbird