sun·​bird | \ ˈsən-ˌbərd How to pronounce sunbird (audio) \

Definition of sunbird

: any of numerous small brilliantly colored oscine birds (family Nectariniidae) of the tropical Old World somewhat resembling hummingbirds

Examples of sunbird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Goldberg and Leachman, along with Tony Plana (Ugly Betty), are set to play a trio of sunbirds named Lama, Hool and Qapa, respectively. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Oct. 2017 Hummingbirds were the most common target, but mantises also went after warblers, sunbirds, honeyeaters, flycatchers, vireos and European robins. Natalie Angier, New York Times, 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sunbird

1826, in the meaning defined above

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“Sunbird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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