Amazilia

noun Am·a·zil·ia \ˌaməˈzilyə\

Definition of Amazilia

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1855


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