Definition of hummingbird in English:

hummingbird

noun

  • A small nectar-feeding tropical American bird that is able to hover and fly backwards, and typically has colourful iridescent plumage.

    Family Trochilidae: many genera and numerous species

    • ‘Without the ability to hover, hummingbirds would not be able to obtain nectar from flowers.’
    • ‘Like other birds, hummingbirds communicate through both auditory and visual signals.’
    • ‘The principal characteristic that sets hummingbirds apart from all other birds is their mode of flight.’
    • ‘Thus, hummingbirds represent an ideal system in which to gain understanding of how animals achieve energy balance.’
    • ‘Nectar-producing plants are very popular for attracting hummingbirds and orioles.’

Origin

Mid 17th century so named because of the humming sound produced by the rapid vibration of the bird's wings.

Pronunciation

hummingbird

/ˈhʌmɪŋbəːd/