Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name given to various species of humming-birds.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • A lovely little sun-bird (Nectarinia oseœ?), which the Frenchmen of course called colibri, with ravishing reflections of green and gold, flashed like a gem thrown from shrub to shrub: this oiseau mouche is found scattered throughout Midian; we saw it even about

    The Land of Midian

  • Frenchmen of course called colibri, with ravishing reflections of green and gold, flashed like a gem thrown from shrub to shrub: this oiseau mouche is found scattered throughout Midian; we saw it even about El-Muwaylah, but I had unfortunately twice forgotten dust-shot.

    The Land of Midian — Volume 2

  • They would blaze away with their repeating rifles -- and bullet cartridges, of course -- at parrots and even _colibri_ birds 100 or 200 metres off.

    Across Unknown South America

  • They had taken the precaution of setting free all the captive birds in the _aldeia_, and they had flown away, except the _pio duddu_ (the _colibri_), which they took with them into the forest.

    Across Unknown South America

  • The _colibri_ tied the vegetable ropes as requested, and all the boys climbed up.

    Across Unknown South America

  • In the first instance the grandmother begged for the help of the _pio duddo_ (or _colibri_).

    Across Unknown South America

  • The Bororos had many superstitions regarding animals, which they individualized in their legends, giving them human intelligence -- especially the _colibri_ (humming-bird), the macaw, the monkey, the deer, and the leopard.

    Across Unknown South America

  • Her hour is the fulness of the sun's flood-tide: she comes in the dead hush and white flame of windless noons, -- when colors appear to take a very unearthliness of intensity, -- when even the flash of some colibri, bosomed with living fire, shooting hither and thither among the grenadilla blossoms, seemeth a spectral happening because of the great green trance of the land ....

    Two Years in the French West Indies

  • The gold-feathered colibri hums lightly through the air, soaring over the heavy, sombre-colored tapir.

    Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests

  • Like a dazzling flash of colored light the colibri (humming-bird) appears and disappears.

    Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests

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