any of a large family (Trochilidae, order Apodiformes) of very small, brightly colored New World birds with a long, slender bill for feeding on nectar, and narrow wings that vibrate rapidly, often with a humming sound
Any of numerous birds of the family Trochilidae found throughout the Americas, usually very small in size and having brilliant iridescent plumage, a long slender bill, and wings capable of beating very rapidly, thereby enabling the bird to hover.
male blue-throated hummingbird
- Onomatopoeic of the humming sound made by the rapidly moving wings. See hum. See below.