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[fahyuh r-burd] /ˈfaɪərˌbɜrd/
any of several small birds having bright red or orange plumage, especially the Baltimore oriole.
Origin of firebird
First recorded in 1815-25; fire + bird

Firebird, The

[fahyuh r-burd] /ˈfaɪərˌbɜrd/
a ballet (1910) with music by Stravinsky. Unabridged
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  • Peter had heard him called the firebird, and now he understood why.

  • Dost thou know the firebird, with his coat of red, and the yellow finches and the bluebirds?

    A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • When we played the Stravinsky pieces here, for instance, his Pétrouschka and firebird had not yet been heard.

    Violin Mastery Frederick H. Martens
  • The sea piled itself into waves with crests of foam, and the firebird came flying from the other side of the world.

    Old Peter's Russian Tales Arthur Ransome
British Dictionary definitions for firebird


(mainly US) any of various songbirds having a bright red plumage, esp the Baltimore oriole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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