hummingbird

[ huhm-ing-burd ]
/ ˈhʌm ɪŋˌbɜrd /

noun

a very small nectar-sipping New World bird of the family Trochilidae, characterized by the brilliant, iridescent plumage of the male, a slender bill, and narrow wings, the extremely rapid beating of which produces a humming sound: noted for their ability to hover and to fly upward, downward, and backward in a horizontal position.

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Origin of hummingbird

An Americanism dating back to 1625–35; humming + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for hummingbird

hummingbird
/ (ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜːd) /

noun

any very small American bird of the family Trochilidae, having a brilliant iridescent plumage, long slender bill, and wings specialized for very powerful vibrating flight: order Apodiformes
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