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bird's-eye

[burdz-ahy] /ˈbɜrdzˌaɪ/
adjective
1.
seen from above, as by a bird in flight; panoramic:
a bird's-eye view of the city.
2.
omitting many details; hasty; superficial; general:
a bird's-eye view of ancient history.
3.
having spots or markings resembling birds', eyes:
bird's-eye tweed.
noun, plural bird's-eyes.
4.
any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.
5.
Textiles.
  1. a woven, allover pattern on fabrics, characterized chiefly by small diamond shapes resembling the eye of a bird.
  2. a fabric having this pattern, especially a cotton used for diapers or a linen used for toweling.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; bird + 's1 + eye
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British Dictionary definitions for bird's eye

bird's-eye

adjective
1.
  1. seen or photographed from high above
  2. summarizing the main points of a topic; summary (esp in the phrase bird's-eye view)
2.
having markings resembling birds' eyes
noun
3.
bird's-eye primrose, a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres
4.
bird's-eye speedwell, the usual US name for germander speedwell
5.
any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours
6.
a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each
7.
a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern
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