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[bloo-burd] /ˈbluˌbɜrd/
any of several small North American songbirds of the genus Sialia, having predominantly blue plumage, as the eastern S. sialis, which has a blue back and a reddish-brown breast.
(usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is between the ages of six and eight.
Origin of bluebird
First recorded in 1680-90; blue + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The first bluebird in the spring is as welcome as the blue sky itself.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • The robin and bluebird began to sing on the top of the lodge.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • The bluebird covered little outlying nooks, the stragglers, the rowboat men in their beach camps.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Ned looked down from his window and wondered what had become of the bluebird.

  • And now, if you have sufficiently looked over the bluebird, we may as well go back.

British Dictionary definitions for bluebird


any North American songbird of the genus Sialia, having a blue or partly blue plumage: subfamily Turdinae (thrushes)
fairy bluebird, any songbird of the genus Irena, of S and SE Asia, having a blue-and-black plumage: family Irenidae
any of various other birds having a blue plumage
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Word Origin and History for bluebird

also blue-bird, North American warbler-like bird, 1680s, from blue (1) in reference to its plumage + bird (n.1). Figurative use in bluebird of happiness is from 1909 play romance "l'Oiseau bleu," literally "The Blue Bird," by Belgian dramatist and poet Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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