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hummingbird

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Rufous hummingbird (one species of hummingbird)
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  • Onomatopoeic of the humming sound made by the rapidly moving wings. See hum. See below.

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hummingbird (plural hummingbirds)

  1. Any of various small American birds in the family Trochilidae that have the ability to hover.
    • 1857 Thoreau, Henry David, journal entry, May 29, 1857. From Thoreau on Birds: notes on New England birds from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, Boston: Beacon Press, 1993, p238. (Originally published as the anthology Thoreau's bird-lore, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1910, edited by Francis H. Allen.)
      Soon I hear the low all-pervading hum of an approaching hummingbird circling above the rock, [...]

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