Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An Australian passerine bird of the family Menuridæ and genus Menura.

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Examples

  • Australian, truly; but, unlike the emu, the black swan, the lyre-bird, the kookaburra, and others, the swamp pheasant is not exclusively so.

    Last Leaves from Dunk Island

  • We know about the primitive fauna - the marsupials (kangaroo, wallaby, possum and platypus); the ancient types of birds (emu, cassowary, lyre-bird, and kookaburra); the dingo dogs and koala bears.

    Australia Revisited

  • Among the varieties of birds peculiar to the island are the "lyre-bird" and that known as the

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 87, March, 1875

  • Many varieties of remarkable and beautiful birds are found in Australia and Tasmania: the lyre-bird, with its wonderful tail feathers; the odd owl-like "morepoke," which screams its own name through the forest solitudes all night long; glistening bronze-winged pigeons; strange and gorgeous parrots; and others, to describe which would fill a large volume.

    Harper's Young People, March 2, 1880 An Illustrated Weekly

  • The lyre-bird mimics the chainsaw and Birds of Paradise spit chips.

    Unmanned

  • We saw the little koala bear, the kangaroo, the wallaby, the platypus, who is a very peculiar little fellow with fur like a muskrat, web feet, a duck bill, and who stays either under water or on the land, the kookaburra, the lyre-bird and the emu.

    Empire Parliamentary Association Visit to Australia and New Zealand

  • The botanist Leschenalt had found over 600 species of plants which were believed to be new to science; and he eulogised the zoological work of Peron, who had succeeded in bringing to France alive seven kinds of kangaroo, an emu, a lyre-bird and several black swan.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • The botanist Leschenalt had found over 600 species of plants which were believed to be new to science; and he eulogised the zoological work of Peron, who had succeeded in bringing to France alive seven kinds of kangaroo, an emu, a lyre-bird and several black swan.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

  • The crown was composed of rare feathers such as only a redoubtable and cunning hunter could obtain; and it included feathers of the lyre-bird and emu.

    Adventures of Louis de Rougemont

  • My latest news of the lyre-bird was of the surreptitious exportation of 200 skins to the London feather market.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

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