rufous hummingbird

noun

: a hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) of the western U.S. with a chiefly reddish brown male

Word History

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rufous hummingbird was in 1812

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“Rufous hummingbird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rufous%20hummingbird. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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