Definition of hummingbird in English:

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hummingbird

Pronunciation: /ˈhəmiNGˌbərd/

noun

Image of hummingbird
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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: hum·ming·bird

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