Definition of hummingbird in English:

hummingbird

Syllabification: hum·ming·bird
Pronunciation: /ˈhəmiNGˌbərd
 
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noun

  • A small nectar-feeding tropical American bird that is able to hover and fly backward, typically having colorful iridescent plumage.
    • Family Trochilidae: many genera and numerous species, including the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) of the eastern US, and the red-crowned Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna), found chiefly along the Pacific coast of the US
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    • Without the ability to hover, hummingbirds would not be able to obtain nectar from flowers.
    • Like other birds, hummingbirds communicate through both auditory and visual signals.
    • The principal characteristic that sets hummingbirds apart from all other birds is their mode of flight.

Origin

mid 17th century: so named because of the humming sound produced by the rapid vibration of the bird's wings.

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