Love bird


any of various small parrots, especially of the genus Agapornis, of Africa, noted for the affection shown one another and often kept as pets.
lovebirds, a pair of lovers, especially a married couple who show very close mutual love and concern.

1585–95 Unabridged
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lovebird (ˈlʌvˌbɜːd)
1.  any of several small African parrots of the genus Agapornis, often kept as cage birds
2.  another name for budgerigar
3.  informal a lover: the lovebirds are in the garden

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love bird
1595, "small species of W.African parrot, noted for the remarkable attention mating pairs pay to one another;" fig. sense of "a lover" is attested from 1911.
"Hold hands, you lovebirds." [Emil Sitka]
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