Definitions

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  • noun Alternative form of hummingbird.

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Examples

  • I watch humming-bird hawk moths play round the marigolds in a flower bed in front.

    Wildwood

  • I watch humming-bird hawk moths play round the marigolds in a flower bed in front.

    Wildwood

  • It seemed to him that he beheld a humming-bird in the midst of toads.

    Les Miserables

  • Esther was fussing about, as women do, before going to bed; she came and went and fluttered round, singing all the time; you might have thought her a humming-bird.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • The humming-bird, both in shape and coloring, yields to none of the winged species, of which it is the least; and perhaps his beauty is enhanced by his smallness.

    On the Sublime and Beautiful

  • And as if to lay an omen of blessing on the decision, a small piece of Nature's magic whirred past me, a flash of red more brilliant than a maharaja's rubies, moving so fast I could not easily focus until it paused, hovering to drink from the pendulous blossoms of a fuchsia: a humming-bird.

    Locked Rooms

  • And as if to lay an omen of blessing on the decision, a small piece of Nature's magic whirred past me, a flash of red more brilliant than a maharaja's rubies, moving so fast I could not easily focus until it paused, hovering to drink from the pendulous blossoms of a fuchsia: a humming-bird.

    Locked Rooms

  • Have you ever observed a humming-bird moving about in an aerial dance among the flowers — a living prismatic gem that changes its colour with every change of position — how in turning it catches the sunshine on its burnished neck and gorges plumes — green and gold and flame-coloured, the beams changing to visible flakes as they fall, dissolving into nothing, to be succeeded by others and yet others?

    Green Mansions

  • When a humming-bird flies close to my face and stops still in the air, humming like a bee, and then is gone, in that short time I can count a hundred small round bright feathers on its throat.

    Green Mansions

  • And now in the sunshine standing still, how beautiful! — a thousand times more beautiful than the humming-bird.

    Green Mansions

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