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

  • n. A fabric woven with a pattern of small diamonds, each having a dot in the center.
  • n. The pattern of such a fabric.
  • adj. Marked with a spot or spots resembling a bird's eye or eyes, as the bird's-eye maple or a blue flower having a small circular yellow center.
  • adj. Derived from or as if from an altitude or distance; comprehensive: a bird's-eye survey; a bird's-eye view.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having spots resembling the eyes of a bird
  • adj. As if viewed from an altitude; panoramic
  • n. A fabric having a pattern of small circles or diamonds with a spot in each centre

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute, or entering into details.
  • adj. Marked with spots resembling bird's eyes.
  • n. A plant with a small bright flower, as the Adonis or pheasant's eye, the mealy primrose (Primula farinosa), and species of Veronica, Geranium, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany: The pheasant's-eye, Adonis autumnalis.
  • n. The speedwell, Veronica Chamædrys: so named from its bright-blue flower.
  • n. A species of primrose, Primula farinosa.
  • n. A fine kind of tobacco, partly manufactured from the leafstalks of the plant, and forming, when ready for use, a loose fibrous mass with thin slices of stalk interspersed, the latter marked somewhat like a bird's eye.
  • Seen from above, as if by a flying bird; embraced at a glance; hence, general; not minute or entering into details: as, a bird's-eye landscape; a bird's-eye view of a subject.
  • Resembling a bird's eye; having spots or markings somewhat resembling birds' eyes.
  • n. plural A Californian wild flower, Gilia tricolor, sometimes carpeting whole slopes.

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

  • adj. as from an altitude or distance


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  • A woven fabric, or fabric design, with a pattern of small diamonds, each with a dot in the center.

    June 15, 2010