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hum·ming·bird

 (hŭm′ĭng-bûrd′)
n.
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.

hummingbird

(ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜːd)
n
(Animals) 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

hum•ming•bird

(ˈhʌm ɪŋˌbɜrd)

n.
any of numerous tiny, usu. colorful New World birds of the family Trochilidae, having a long, slender bill for sipping nectar and narrow wings that beat very rapidly, enabling the bird to hover at a flower or dart in any direction.
[1625–35, Amer.; so called from the noise made by the wings]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hummingbird - tiny American bird having brilliant iridescent plumage and long slender billshummingbird - tiny American bird having brilliant iridescent plumage and long slender bills; wings are specialized for vibrating flight
apodiform bird - nonpasserine bird having long wings and weak feet; spends much of its time in flight
Archilochus colubris - a kind of hummingbird
thornbill - any of various South American hummingbirds with a sharp pointed bill
Translations
kolibřík
koliber

hummingbird

[ˈhʌmɪŋbɜːd] Ncolibrí m, picaflor m

hummingbird

[ˈhʌmɪŋbɜːrd] ncolibri m, oiseau-mouche m

hummingbird

[ˈhʌmɪŋˌbɜːd] ncolibrì m inv
References in classic literature ?
So beautiful she was that the flowers about her feet folded their petals in despair and bent their heads in token of submission; so sweet her look that the humming birds thronged her eyes, thrusting their thirsty bills almost into them, and the wild bees were about her lips.
The oriole should build and tell His love-tale, close beside my cell; The idle butterfly Should rest him there, and there be heard The housewife-bee and humming bird.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, received a donation from the Humming Birds Association and the Helping Hands Foundation towards hurricane rebuilding efforts.
And darting from tree to tree are tiny and industrious humming birds.
Featuring detailed descriptions of humming birds by species, gender, and age, as well as information about migration habits, courtship/nesting, and more North American Hummingbirds: An Identification Guide is especially recommended for birdwatchers and anyone curious to better know these amazingly beautiful and energetic avians.
I met Antje when she first came to Oman a decade ago and was enchanted with her magical approach to art and the way she talked about her work in the context of the humming birds that come to her place in Sante Fe where she lived half the year.
The greatest proportion - 73 per cent - of the 2,254 bird advertisements recorded globally were for exotic birds including parrots, hornbills, toucans, passerines and humming birds," the IFAW report said.
Cross pledged to supply anything from tiny humming birds to great beasts.
As a contrast they chose wallpaper featuring humming birds.
More a bougainvillea-strewn pathway lined with a congregation of tiny lizards and brightly-coloured humming birds.
Also included is a stop at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, home to a variety of species of humming birds and the world's largest enclosed butterfly observatory.