- 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.
Origin of hummingbird
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She had an instinct for choiceness like a hummingbird, darting here and there for sweetness.The Lovely Lady
In several of the National Parks a number of species of hummingbird are found.
The white-crowned sparrow and two or three species of hummingbird do this.
The Black-chinned Hummingbird is like all the other birds of its kind.
There were astake trees there on the mesa: there he saw that a hummingbird (nyenyene) had its nest.Seven Mohave Myths
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- 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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