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bird of paradise

noun
1.
any of several passerine birds of the family Paradisaeidae, of New Guinea and adjacent islands, the males of which have ornate, colorful plumage.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10

bird-of-paradise

[burd-uh v-par-uh-dahys, -dahyz] /ˈbɜrd əvˈpær əˌdaɪs, -ˌdaɪz/
noun, plural birds-of-paradise.
1.
Also called bird-of-paradise flower. any of several plants of the genus Strelitzia, native to southern Africa, especially S. reginae, having a large, showy orange and blue inflorescence.
2.
a small tree or shrub, Caesalpinia (Poinciana) gilliesii, native to South America, having featherlike leaves and showy yellow flowers with red stamens.
Origin
1880-85

Bird of Paradise

noun, Astronomy
1.
the constellation Apus.
Origin
1650-60
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British Dictionary definitions for bird of paradise

bird of paradise

noun
1.
any songbird of the family Paradisaeidae of New Guinea and neighbouring regions, the males of which have brilliantly coloured ornate plumage
2.
bird-of-paradise flower, any of various banana-like plants of the genus Strelitzia, esp S. reginae, that are native to tropical southern Africa and South America and have purple bracts and large orange or yellow flowers resembling birds' heads: family Strelitziaceae
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