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  • n. Any of various hummingbirds of the genus Discosura.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A beautiful South American humming bird (Gouldia Popelairii), having the six outer tail feathers long, slender, and pointed. The head is ornamented with a long, pointed crest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A humming-bird of the genus Gouldia, having long sharp tail-feathers (whence the genus is also called Prymnacantha).

Etymologies

thorn +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

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  • Any of the species of hummingbirds in the genus Popelairia or Discosura, with long, slender, pointed tail feathers and sometimes a long, pointed crest on the head. Native to South and Central America. Here's a Wire-Crested Thorntail, for example.

    Others are the Black-Bellied Thorntail, Coppery Thorntail, and Racket-Tailed Coquette.

    March 14, 2008