: a genus of large hummingbirds chiefly of Central America that includes several (such as Amazilia beryllina and Amazilia yucatanensis) that range as far north as the southern U.S.

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, earlier a specific epithet (Ornismya amazilia, Orthorhynchus amazilia), from Amazili, a heroine in the novel Les Incas (1778) by Jean-François Marmontel

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Amazilia was in 1855

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“Amazilia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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