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bluebird

[bloo-burd] /ˈbluˌbɜrd/
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
1680-1690
1680-90; blue + bird
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  • And the bluebird flying out of the tree symbolizes the way bluebirds fly off when you knock down their trees.
  • Both bluebird species feed primarily on insects, crickets, spiders and beetles in the spring and summer.
British Dictionary definitions for bluebird

bluebird

/ˈbluːˌbɜːd/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for bluebird
n.

also blue-bird, North American warbler-like bird, 1680s, from blue (1) in reference to its plumage + bird (n.1). Figurative use in bluebird of happiness is from 1909 play romance "l'Oiseau bleu," literally "The Blue Bird," by Belgian dramatist and poet Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949).

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