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bird of paradise definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana [syn: bird of paradise, poinciana, Caesalpinia gilliesii, Poinciana gilliesii]
2: ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling a bird [syn: bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae]
3: any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area

Merriam Webster's

Date: 1595 any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed oscine birds (family Paradisaeidae) chiefly of New Guinea and neighboring islands

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bird of paradise Bird" of par"a*dise (Zo["o]l.) The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus Paradisea and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers. Note: The Great emerald (Paradisea apoda) and the Lesser emerald (P. minor) furnish many of the plumes used as ornaments by ladies; the Red is P. rubra or sanguinea; the Golden is Parotia aurea or sexsetacea; the King is Cincinnurus regius. The name is also applied to the longer-billed birds of another related group (Epimachin[ae]) from the same region. The Twelve-wired (Seleucides alba) is one of these. See Paradise bird, and Note under Apod.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(birds of paradise) A bird of paradise is a songbird which is found mainly in New Guinea. The male birds have very brightly coloured feathers. N-COUNT


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