Definitions for birdbɜrd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, having feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, scaly legs, and a beak.
a fowl or game bird.
Ref: clay pigeon. 1
Slang. a person, esp. one having some peculiarity:
He's an odd bird.
Category: Status (usage)
Informal. an aircraft, spacecraft, or guided missile.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Aeronautics, Informal
a thin piece of meat rolled around a stuffing and braised:
Chiefly Brit. Slang. a girl or young woman.
the bird, Slang. hissing, booing, etc., to show disapproval. a gesture of contempt made by raising the middle finger.
Category: Status (usage)
Archaic. the young of any fowl.
(v.i.)to catch or shoot birds.
Idioms for bird:
birds of a feather, people with similar attitudes, interests, or experience.
for the birds,Informal. worthless; not to be taken seriously.
Category: Idiom, Status (usage)
Origin of bird:
bef. 900; ME byrd, bryd, OE brid(d) young bird
warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
dame, doll, wench, skirt, chick, bird(noun)
informal terms for a (young) woman
boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing, razz, snort, bird(noun)
a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt
shuttlecock, bird, birdie, shuttle(verb)
badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber with a crown of feathers
watch and study birds in their natural habitat
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
an animal with feathers, wings, and a beak
orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2)
a warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves
specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird
fig.: A girl; a maiden
to catch or shoot birds
hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve
Birds are feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. All present species belong to the subclass Neornithes, and inhabit ecosystems across the globe, from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Extant birds range in size from the 5 cm Bee Hummingbird to the 2.75 m Ostrich. The fossil record indicates that birds emerged within theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period, around 150 million years ago. Paleontologists regard birds as the only clade of dinosaurs to have survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event 66 million years ago. Modern birds are characterised by feathers, a beak with no teeth, the laying of hard-shelled eggs, a high metabolic rate, a four-chambered heart, and a lightweight but strong skeleton. All living species of birds have wings; the most recent species without wings was the moa, which is generally considered to have become extinct in the 16th century. Wings are evolved forelimbs, and most bird species can fly. Flightless birds include ratites, penguins, and a number of diverse endemic island species. Birds also have unique digestive and respiratory systems that are highly adapted for flight. Some birds, especially corvids and parrots, are among the most intelligent animal species; a number of bird species have been observed manufacturing and using tools, and many social species exhibit cultural transmission of knowledge across generations.
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Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2871
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Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2658
Rank popularity for the word 'bird' in Nouns Frequency: #492
Translations for bird
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a two-legged feathered creature, with a beak and two wings, with which most can fly
Kiwis and ostriches are birds which cannot fly.
- pássaroPortuguese (BR)
- der VogelGerman
- πτηνό, πουλίGreek
- ave, pájaroSpanish
- 鳥Chinese (Trad.)
- پرندہ ، پکھیروUrdu
- con chimVietnamese
- 鸟Chinese (Simp.)
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