hummingbird

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noun hum·ming·bird \ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd\

Definition of hummingbird

  1. :  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

Illustration of hummingbird

1637

First Known Use of hummingbird

1637


HUMMINGBIRD Defined for English Language Learners

hummingbird

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noun hum·ming·bird \ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd\

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

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noun hum·ming·bird \ˈhə-miŋ-ˌbərd\

Definition of hummingbird for Students

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



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