ruby-throated hummingbird

noun
ru·​by-throat·​ed hummingbird | \ ˈrü-bē-ˌthrō-təd- How to pronounce ruby-throated hummingbird (audio) \

Definition of ruby-throated hummingbird

: a hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) of eastern North America having a bright metallic green back, whitish underparts, and in the adult male a red throat

Examples of ruby-throated hummingbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hummingbird colors sparkle, from the glimmering purple crown and iridescent yellow-green throat of the male magnificent hummingbird to the brilliantly scarlet collar of the male ruby-throated hummingbird. National Geographic, "Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ruby-throated hummingbird

circa 1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Ruby-throated hummingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ruby-throated%20hummingbird. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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