Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A humming-bird of the genus Petasophora. six species are described, ranging from Mexico to Brazil and Bolivia, as P. anais and P. cyanotis. They are rather large hummers, 4¼ to 5¼ inches long, with metallic-blue ear-coverts (whence the name).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Any tropical humming bird of the genus Petasophora, having violet or purplish ear tufts.
“There are two other violet-ear Colibri species; the brown violet-ear and the sparkling violet-ear.”
“Green violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus (protonym, Trochilus thalassinus), also known as the Mexican violet-ear, photographed near Keats (Riley County) Kansas (USA).”
“Response: This is an adult Green violet-ear, Colibri thalassinus.”
“In Bolivia are found the Bolivian violet-ear, Warren's wood-star, and many others; but we must bring our description of the humming-birds of this region to a conclusion.”
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