from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The representative genus of the family Nectariniidæ, in which the middle tail-feathers of the male are long-exserted. The species are African. N. famosa is an example. Cinnyris is a synonym.
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The humming-bird is exclusively American: the nearest form in the Old World is the nectarinia, or sunbird.