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  1. seen from above, as by a bird in flight; panoramic: a bird's-eye view of the city.

  2. omitting many details; broad; superficial; general: a bird's-eye view of ancient history.

  1. having spots or markings resembling the eyes of a bird: bird's-eye tweed.

noun,plural bird's-eyes.
  1. any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.

  2. Textiles.

    • a woven, allover pattern on fabrics, characterized chiefly by small diamond shapes resembling the eyes of a bird.

    • a fabric having this pattern, especially a cotton used for diapers or a linen used for toweling.

Origin of bird's-eye

First recorded in 1590–1600; bird + 's1 + eye

Words Nearby bird's-eye

Other definitions for Birdseye (2 of 2)

[ burdz-ahy ]

  1. Clarence, 1886–1956, U.S. inventor and businessman: developer of food-freezing process. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for bird's-eye


    • seen or photographed from high above

    • summarizing the main points of a topic; summary (esp in the phrase bird's-eye view)

  1. having markings resembling birds' eyes

  1. bird's-eye primrose a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres

  2. bird's-eye speedwell the usual US name for germander speedwell

  1. any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours

  2. a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each

  3. a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern

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