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bird of paradise

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various birds of the family Paradisaeidae, native to northeast Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, usually having brilliant plumage and long tail feathers in the male.
  • noun Any of several African plants of the genus Strelitzia, especially S. reginae, cultivated for their showy orange and blue flowers that emerge from a beak-shaped bract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • (Zoöl.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A showy tropical flower of the genus Strelitzia, native to Madagascar.

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

  • noun a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
  • noun any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
  • noun 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