hum·​ming·​bird | \ ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce hummingbird (audio) \

Definition of hummingbird

: any of a family (Trochilidae) of tiny brightly colored nonpasserine American birds related to the swifts that have a very slender bill and an extensible tongue for sipping nectar and that usually hover rather than perch when feeding

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Examples of hummingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2020 there were two, a lesser goldfinch and an Allen's hummingbird, Brady said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 Other animals include a bear, hummingbird and dolphin. David Phelan, Forbes, 29 May 2021 There's something magical about being visited by a hummingbird. Aj Willingham, CNN, 27 May 2021 The hummingbird — an inspiring creature — can do that and more. Washington Post, 27 May 2021 Memo to Jimbo: Don’t let your alligator mouth overload your hummingbird butt. Mike Bianchi,, 6 May 2021 Minnesota hummingbird spends winters from south Texas to Costa Rica. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 The exhibit includes six monumental sculptures capturing some of the animals that recur in Kahlo’s work: a hummingbird, a deer, a monkey, a butterfly, a Mexican hairless dog and a parrot. Deborah Martin, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 As if on cue, a hummingbird rocketed through the understory to investigate the long, red flowers bent toward the hazy sun. Sara Dykman, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of hummingbird

1637, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Hummingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hummingbird

: a very small, brightly colored American bird that has wings which beat very fast


hum·​ming·​bird | \ ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd How to pronounce hummingbird (audio) \

Kids Definition of hummingbird

: a tiny brightly colored American bird whose wings make a humming sound in flight

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