[ burdz-ahy ]
/ ˈbɜrdzˌaɪ /
noun, plural bird's-eyes.
any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.
- 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.
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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)
having markings resembling birds' eyes
bird's-eye primrose a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres
bird's-eye speedwell the usual US name for germander speedwell
any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours
a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each
a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern
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