Bird v. i.
1. To catch or shoot birds.
2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. [R.]
1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2).
That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird. --Shak.
The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes. --Tyndale (Matt. viii. 20).
2. Zool. A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden.
And by my word! the bonny bird
In danger shall not tarry. --Campbell.
Arabian bird, the phenix.
Bird of Jove, the eagle.
Bird of Juno, the peacock.
Bird louse Zool., a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous and mostly parasitic upon birds. -- Bird mite Zool., a small mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous.
Bird of passage, a migratory bird.
Bird spider Zool., a very large South American spider (Mygale avicularia). It is said sometimes to capture and kill small birds.
Bird tick Zool., a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus Ornithomyia, and allies), usually winged.
n 1: warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by
feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
2: the flesh of a bird or fowl (wild or domestic) used as food
3: informal terms for a (young) woman [syn: dame, doll, wench,
4: a cry or noise made to express displeasure or contempt [syn:
boo, hoot, Bronx cheer, hiss, raspberry, razzing,
5: badminton equipment consisting of a ball of cork or rubber
with a crown of feathers [syn: shuttlecock, birdie, shuttle]
v : watch and study birds in their natural habitat [syn: birdwatch]
Birds are divided in the Mosaic law into two classes, (1) the
clean (Lev. 1:14-17; 5:7-10; 14:4-7), which were offered in
sacrifice; and (2) the unclean (Lev. 11:13-20). When offered in
sacrifice, they were not divided as other victims were (Gen.
15:10). They are mentioned also as an article of food (Deut.
14:11). The art of snaring wild birds is referred to (Ps. 124:7;
Prov. 1:17; 7:23; Jer. 5:27). Singing birds are mentioned in Ps.
104:12; Eccl. 12:4. Their timidity is alluded to (Hos. 11:11).
The reference in Ps. 84:3 to the swallow and the sparrow may be
only a comparison equivalent to, "What her house is to the
sparrow, and her nest to the swallow, that thine altars are to