tiny American bird having brilliant iridescent plumage and long slender bills; wings are specialized for vibrating flight
Any of various small American birds in the family Trochilidae that have the ability to hover.
Origin: * Onomatopoeic of the humming sound made by the rapidly moving wings. See hum. See below Quotations
Hummingbirds are birds that comprise the family Trochilidae. They are among the smallest of birds, most species measuring in the 7.5–13 cm range. Indeed, the smallest extant bird species is a hummingbird, the 5-cm Bee Hummingbird. They hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings 12–80 times per second. They are known as hummingbirds because of the humming sound created by their beating wings, which sometimes sounds like bees or other insects. To conserve energy while they sleep or when food is scarce, they have the ability to go into a hibernation-like state where their metabolic rate is slowed to 1/15th of its normal rate. When the nights get colder, their body temperature can drop significantly and thus slow down their heart and breathing rate, thus burning much less energy overnight. As the day heats back up, the hummingbird's body temperature will come back up and they resume their normal activity. They can fly at speeds exceeding 15 m/s; they are also the only group of birds with the ability to fly backwards. Individuals from some species of hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
The numerical value of hummingbird in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of hummingbird in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Hummingbirds have bright, iridescent feathers, but if you took a hummingbird feather and smashed it into tiny pieces, you’d only see black dust. The pigment in the feathers is black, but the shapes of the melanosomes that produce that pigment are what make the colors in hummingbird feathers that we see.
Mummy had the fragility of an orchid, the energy of a hummingbird, the tenacity of a hunter. She could change calm waters into a raging storm with a look and the lift of a finger, my heart is a hole without her, but that hole will definitely be filled with incredible memories, sweet, salty and funny. I want her memory to linger with those who knew her and be given to those who did not.
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- colibríCatalan, Valencian
- Schwirrvogel, Kolibrimännchen, Kolibriweibchen, KolibriGerman
- tucusito, chupaflor, quinde, chuparrosa, zunzún, zumbador, gorrión, colibrí, visitaflor, picaflorSpanish
- مرغ مگسخوارPersian
- colibri, oiseau-moucheFrench
- drannd-eunScottish Gaelic
- ushag vingManx
- wanganègès, zwazo mouchHaitian Creole
- kolibrio, kolibriino, kolibriuloIdo
- colubris, hummingbirdLatin
- dahiitį́hiiNavajo, Navaho
- colibri, beija-florPortuguese
- колѝбри, kolìbriSerbo-Croatian
- sinek kuşu, sinekkuşuTurkish
- jikolibritül, kolibrit, hikolibritül, hikolibrit, kolibritül, jikolibrit, smabödilVolapük
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