American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several North American songbirds of the genus Sialia, having blue plumage and usually a rust-colored breast in the male.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American oscine passerine bird, of the genus Sialia, of which blue is the chief color. There are several species. The common or Wilson's bluebird, Sialia sialis, inhabits eastern North America. It is about 6½ inches long, blue above and dull-reddish and white below. In most parts of the United States it is a harbinger of spring, coming with a melodious song. It nests in holes, and lays plain pale-bluish eggs. The western or Mexican bluebird, S. mexicana, is very similar, but has a reddish patch on the back, and the throat blue. The arctic or Rocky Mountain bluebird, S. arctica, is a larger species, of a paler blue than the others, fading into white below, without any red.
- n. Some other bird of a blue color: as, the fairy bluebird of Java, Irene turcosa.
- n. Any of various North American birds of the genus Sialia in the thrush family. Their plumage is blue or blue and red.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A small song bird (Sialia sialis), very common in the United States, and, in the north, one of the earliest to arrive in spring. The male is blue, with the breast reddish. It is related to the European robin.
- n. fruit-eating mostly brilliant blue songbird of the East Indies
- n. blue North American songbird
- blue + bird (Wiktionary)
“I'm glad that bluebird is getting bolder in your life.”
“A blue jay is often called a bluebird and the bluebird doesn’t seem to mind but I wonder how it would feel about this photo”
“The bluebird is a symbol of happiness, so it's one of my auspicious symbols.”
“Winged lute that we call a bluebird, you blend in a silver strain”
“Positing a radically different environment for a bluebird is a nice thought experiment, but the actual environment of bluebirds is the one we observe them in.”
“Then he went on impetuously, telling me I was a real bluebird of happiness, a bringer of joy; that the ancients called the bluebird the emblem of happiness, but he knew the blue of my eyes was the real joy sign -- or something like that he said.”
“A long time ago, the bluebird was a very ugly color.”
“The bluebird is a home bird, and I am never tired of recurring to him.”
“The bluebird is the true voice of early spring, as is the bobolink of later spring.”
“To my taste the bluebird is the superior of the two, for what he lacks in stronger and more varied song he makes up in softer, sweeter notes.”
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