Definition of hummingbird in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌmɪŋbəːd


  • 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
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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.


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

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