[burd-uh v-par-uh-dahys, -dahyz]
- Also called bird-of-paradise flower. any of several plants of the genus Strelitzia, native to southern Africa, especially S. reginae, having a large, showy orange and blue inflorescence.
- a small tree or shrub, Caesalpinia (Poinciana) gilliesii, native to South America, having featherlike leaves and showy yellow flowers with red stamens.
Origin of bird-of-paradise
First recorded in 1880–85
bird of paradise
- any of several passerine birds of the family Paradisaeidae, of New Guinea and adjacent islands, the males of which have ornate, colorful plumage.
Origin of bird of paradise
First recorded in 1600–10
Bird of Paradise
- the constellation Apus.
Origin of Bird of Paradise
First recorded in 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for bird-of-paradise
So does Mrs. Buscarlet, who is radiant in pink satin and a bird-of-paradise as a crown.Molly Bawn
Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
He fastens them on to cards—he's got a bird-of-Paradise plume, an awful beauty.A Christmas Child
They were profoundly flattered by the visit of this Bird-of-paradise.The Roll-Call
He might as soon have expected a bird-of-paradise to live by choice in a coal-bunker.Gordon Keith
Thomas Nelson Page
Even beauty paled before the lovely female voice singing in the middle of the note—the nightingale killed the bird-of-paradise.Trilby
George Du Maurier
bird of paradise
- any songbird of the family Paradisaeidae of New Guinea and neighbouring regions, the males of which have brilliantly coloured ornate plumage
- bird-of-paradise flower any of various banana-like plants of the genus Strelitzia, esp S. reginae, that are native to tropical southern Africa and South America and have purple bracts and large orange or yellow flowers resembling birds' heads: family Strelitziaceae
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