Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various birds, such as the Baltimore oriole, having bright scarlet or orange plumage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The scarlet tanager, a species of bird with taxonomic name Piranga olivacea
  • n. The Baltimore oriole, a species of bird with taxonomic name Icterus galbula
  • n. The vermilion flycatcher, a species of bird with taxonomic name Pyrocephalus rubinus

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Baltimore oriole.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A popular name of the Baltimore oriole, Icterus galbula. See oriole.
  • n. The vermilion flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubineus. one of the South American fire-crowned flycatchers, represented in the southwestern United States by the subspecies P. rubineus mexicanus.

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

  • n. the male is bright red with black wings and tail
  • n. eastern subspecies of northern oriole
  • n. tropical American flycatcher found as far north as southern Texas and Arizona; adult male has bright scarlet and black plumage

Etymologies

So-called because of their bright red or orange plumage (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Phoenix & Carpet (A firebird as good as a drifting carpet a la Boronov's symphonies)

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  • I thought of the firebird when I played the Khachaturian for the recital that never came, and when our mother burst into our rooms late at night.

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  • I drew what surrounded me, and what lay deep in my wildest dreams—a firebird like one from our Russian fairy-tale book, a bird that sings to the lonely and forsaken deep in the heart of the woods.

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  • The harmful activity has intensified since the firebird year

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  • The harmful activity has intensified since the firebird year (1636) and (the spirit) has been successful in many of his missions.

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