Meaning of hummingbird

hum•ming•bird

Pronunciation: (hum'ing-bûrd"), [key]
— n.
  1. 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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