from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A humming-bird of the genus Phaëthornis, as the Cayenne hermit-bird, P. superciliosus.
  • n. A South American barbet or puff-bird of the genus Monasa; a nun-bird. There are several species.


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  • The loiterer in the wood hears the song of the wood-thrush, but is the hermit-bird wronged, or is his song less sweet, because it is not echoed round the world?

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