Anna's hummingbird

noun

An·​na's hummingbird
ˈanəz-
variants or less commonly Anna hummingbird
: a rather large hummingbird (Calypte anna) of western Mexico and California, the male being chiefly metallic bronze-green with rose-red forehead, crown, and throat and a dusky blackish tail, the female bronzy green above and dull gray below

Word History

Etymology

after Anna Masséna †1887 duchess of Rivoli

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Anna's hummingbird was in 1839

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“Anna's hummingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Anna%27s%20hummingbird. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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