lyre-bird

lyrebird

[lahyuhr-burd]
noun
an Australian passerine bird of the genus Menura, the male of which has a long tail that is lyrate when spread.

Origin:
1825–35; lyre + bird

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To lyre-bird
Collins
World English Dictionary
lyrebird (ˈlaɪəˌbɜːd)
 
n
either of two pheasant-like Australian birds, Menura superba and M. alberti, constituting the family Menuridae: during courtship displays, the male spreads its tail into the shape of a lyre

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature