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Bird, n. Etym: [OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird.
1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird. Shak. The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes. Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20).
Defn: A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden. And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry. Campbell. Arabian bird, the phenix.
-- Bird of Jove, the eagle.
-- Bird of Juno, the peacock.
-- Bird louse (Zoöl.), a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous and mostly parasitic upon birds.
-- Bird mite (Zoöl.), a small mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous.
-- Bird of passage, a migratory bird.
-- Bird spider (Zoöl.), a very large South American spider (Mygale avicularia). It is said sometimes to capture and kill small birds.
-- Bird tick (Zoöl.), a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus Ornithomyia, and allies), usually winged.
Bird, v. i.
1. To catch or shoot birds.
2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. [R.] B. Jonson.
In other languages, the word for bird is:
Javanese: manuk, Peksi
Balinese: kedis, Peksi
Tetun: manu, fuik
Fijian: manu-manu vuka
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