birds of paradise

bird-of-paradise

[burd-uhv-par-uh-dahys, -dahyz]
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

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