hummingbird

noun hum·ming·bird \ ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd \
Updated on: 18 Feb 2018

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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First Known Use of hummingbird

1637


HUMMINGBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

hummingbird

noun

Definition of hummingbird for English Language Learners

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


HUMMINGBIRD Defined for Kids

hummingbird

noun hum·ming·bird \ ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd \

Definition of hummingbird for Students

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


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