What does the word hummingbird mean?

Usage examples for hummingbird

  1. He had been camping on the banks of a nearly dry stream, ten miles or more east of Gantier, where he had found the little hummingbird, Mellisuga minima, the smallest bird in the world, very abundant. – Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales by Charles B. Cory
  2. She said it without faltering, Kate noticed, as she gave her enthusiastic acceptance, and when she had put down the telephone, she actually clapped her hands at the fortitude of the little woman she had once thought such a hummingbird- and a hummingbird with that one last added glory, a voice. – The Precipice by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  3. This is often saddled upon the limb in the same manner, though it is generally more or less pendent; it is deep and soft, composed mostly of some vegetable down, covered all over with delicate tree- lichens, and, except that it is much larger, appears almost identical with the nest of the hummingbird. – Wake-Robin by John Burroughs