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English definition of “hummingbird”


noun [C]     /ˈhʌm.ɪŋ.bɜːd/ US  /-bɝːd/
a very small brightly coloured bird with a long , thin beak , whose wings move very fast and make a humming noise Other wild birdsBirds which live by or on inland waterBirds of prey
(Definition of hummingbird noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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