Am·​a·​zil·​ia | \ ˌaməˈzilyə \

Definition of Amazilia

: 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.

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First Known Use of Amazilia

1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amazilia

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

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“Amazilia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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