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 Home gardens may see nesting mourning dove, a covey of baby quail, or the miracle of tiny hummingbird chicks hatching from miniature eggs in a nest not much bigger than a large thimble. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Aug. 2022 But Flanagan had a larger vision and wanted to create a butterfly environment similar to the free-flight hummingbird enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2022 There’s also a quaint stream, a hummingbird and butterfly garden, plenty of oak woodland picnic areas and cherry blossoms in the spring. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 Audubon has a Native Plants Database where people can search by Zip code to determine which hummingbird-friendly plants will grow in their area and where to buy them. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Doris Anahí is sitting in a café in Mexico City, talking to Rolling Stone on the phone, when a tiny hummingbird lands directly in front of her and flutters its wings. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2022 Extra hummingbird food can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks, according to Caitlin Mclean, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Trapped, Ryder does that dancing-hummingbird thing with her eyes, trying hard to maintain her secret identity while also getting exasperated. Leah Greenblatt,, 29 June 2022 The pufflegs all have teensy fluffy dandelion-like hummingbird socks! Grrlscientist, Forbes, 26 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hummingbird

1637, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Hummingbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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