Blue-bird

bluebird

[bloo-burd]
noun
1.
any of several small North American songbirds of the genus Sialia, having predominantly blue plumage, as the eastern S. sialis, which has a blue back and a reddish-brown breast.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of six and eight.

Origin:
1680–90; blue + bird

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bluebird (ˈbluːˌbɜːd)
 
n
1.  any North American songbird of the genus Sialia, having a blue or partly blue plumage: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
2.  fairy bluebird any songbird of the genus Irena, of S and SE Asia, having a blue-and-black plumage: family Irenidae
3.  any of various other birds having a blue plumage

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bluebird
1680s, N.Amer. warbler-like bird, from blue in reference to its plumage + bird. Figurative use in bluebird of happiness is from 1909 play romance "l'Oiseau bleu," lit. "The Blue Bird," by Belgian dramatist and poet Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949).
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