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bird of paradise

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various birds of the family Paradisaeidae, native to New Guinea and adjacent islands, usually having brilliant plumage and long tail feathers in the male.
  • n. Any of several southern African herbs of the genus Strelitzia, especially S. reginae, having orange and blue flowers grouped above a boat-shaped bract.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various passerine birds of the family Paradisaeidae native to Oceania. In many of the species the breeding plumage of the males is brightly coloured.
  • n. A showy tropical flower of the genus Strelitzia, native to Madagascar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus Paradisea and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
  • n. any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
  • n. ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling a bird

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  • In PA Dutch hex signs, the Bird of Paradise symbolizes the beauty, wonder, and mystery of life.

    November 22, 2007