Hummingbird meaning

hŭmĭng-bûrd
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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.
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Any of various small American birds in the family Trochilidae that have the ability to hover.
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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.
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Origin of hummingbird

  • Onomatopoeic of the humming sound made by the rapidly moving wings. See hum. See below.

    From Wiktionary