bee hummingbird

noun

: a very small hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) native to Cuba that is about 2.4 inches (6.1 centimeters) long from bill tip to tail tip
Our greatest thrill, however, took place in a Cuban crocodile swamp, where we hoped to find the bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world.Esther Quesada Tyrrell, International Wildlife, May/June 1991

Word History

First Known Use

1953, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bee hummingbird was in 1953

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“Bee hummingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bee%20hummingbird. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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