bird's-nest soup


noun

a Chinese soup made from the mucilaginous lining of the nests of the Asiatic swift.

Nearby words

  1. bird's-foot violet,
  2. bird's-nest,
  3. bird's-nest fern,
  4. bird's-nest fungus,
  5. bird's-nest orchid,
  6. bird-brain,
  7. bird-brained,
  8. bird-breeder's lung,
  9. bird-catcher tree,
  10. bird-dog

Origin of bird's-nest soup

First recorded in 1870–75

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019


British Dictionary definitions for bird's-nest soup

bird's-nest soup

noun

a rich spicy Chinese soup made from the outer part of the nests of SE Asian swifts of the genus Collocalia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012