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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches her young.
  • n. The nest of a small swallow (Collocalia nidifica and several allied species), of China and the neighboring countries, which is mixed with soups.
  • n. An orchideous plant with matted roots, of the genus Neottia (Neottia nidus-avis).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To search for birds' nests or their eggs: as to go birds'-nesting.
  • n. A name popularly given to several plants, from some suggestion of a bird's nest in their form or manner of growth.
  • n. Same as crow's-nest.
  • n. plural An article of commerce between Java and China, consisting of the gelatinous brackets which the swifts of the family Cypselid√¶ and genus Collocalia attach to cliffs, and on which they build their nests.

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

  • n. nest where birds lay their eggs and hatch their young

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