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  • n. Plural form of humming-bird.

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Examples

  • They were bone-tipped and feather shafted, and the feathers, torn from the breasts of humming-birds, iridesced like jewels.

    THE RED ONE

  • LISTEN TO THE BIRDS that's where all the music comes from. birds know everything about how it should sound and where that sound should come from. and watch humming-birds. they fly really fast, but a lot of times they aren't going anywhere.

    Holly Cara Price: Woe-Is-A-Me-Bop: RIP Captain Beefheart

  • This two-by-five-meter oil painting, which shows vibrantly colored flowers and humming-birds, could be mistaken for a photo.

    Singapore

  • Immediately they conducted Candide to a beautiful pavilion adorned with a colonade of green marble, spotted with yellow, and with an intertexture of vines, which served as a kind of cage for parrots, humming-birds, guinea-hens, and all other curious kinds of birds.

    Candide

  • Their dinner consisted of four dishes of different soups, each garnished with two young paroquets, a large dish of bouillé that weighed two hundred weight, two roasted monkeys of a delicious flavor, three hundred humming-birds in one dish, and six hundred flybirds in another; some excellent ragouts, delicate tarts, and the whole served up in dishes of rockcrystal.

    Candide

  • Flower-gardens at least were there in plenty; for every limb was covered with pendent cactuses, gorgeous orchises, and wild pines; and while one-half the tree was clothed in rich foliage, the other half, utterly leafless, bore on every twig brilliant yellow flowers, around which humming-birds whirred all day long.

    Westward Ho!

  • We could outfly and beat down those scarlet humming-birds wherever they appeared.

    The War in the Air

  • I was the first to tire of watching the humming-birds in the fuchsias.

    Locked Rooms

  • In another set of species these accessory plumes spring from the head, the back, or the shoulders; while the intensity of colour and of metallic lustre displayed by their plumage, is not to be equalled by any other birds, except, perhaps, the humming-birds, and is not surpassed even by these.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • The humming-birds had fallen like autumn leaves when taken from where they had not hummed for sixty years.

    To Let

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