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hummingbird Line breaks: hum¦ming|bird
Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmɪŋbəːd/

Definition of hummingbird in English:


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A small nectar-feeding tropical American bird that is able to hover and fly backwards, and typically has colourful iridescent plumage.
  • Family Trochilidae: many genera and numerous species
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.


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

Words that rhyme with hummingbird

nightbird • songbird
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