bird

[ burd ]
/ bɜrd /

noun

verb (used without object)

to catch or shoot birds.
to bird-watch.

Idioms for bird

Origin of bird

before 900; Middle English byrd, bryd, Old English brid(d) young bird, chick

OTHER WORDS FROM bird

bird·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for for the birds (1 of 2)

Bird
/ (bɜːd) /

noun

nickname of (Charlie) Parker

British Dictionary definitions for for the birds (2 of 2)

bird
/ (bɜːd) /

noun

Derived forms of bird

birdlike, adjective

Word Origin for bird

Old English bridd, of unknown origin
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Scientific definitions for for the birds

bird
[ bûrd ]

Any of numerous warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate animals of the class Aves. Birds have wings for forelimbs, a body covered with feathers, a hard bill covering the jaw, and a four-chambered heart.

A Closer Look

It is generally believed that birds are descended from dinosaurs and probably evolved from them during the Jurassic Period. While most paleontologists believe that birds evolved from a small dinosaur called the theropod, which in turn evolved from the thecodont, a reptile from the Triassic Period, other paleontologists believe that birds and dinosaurs both evolved from the thecodont. There are some who even consider the bird to be an actual dinosaur. According to this view, the bird is an avian dinosaur, and the older dinosaur a nonavian dinosaur. Although there are variations of thought on the exact evolution of birds, the similarities between birds and dinosaurs are striking and undeniable. Small meat-eating dinosaurs and primitive birds share about twenty characteristics that neither group shares with any other kind of animal; these include tubular bones, the position of the pelvis, the shape of the shoulder blades, a wishbone-shaped collarbone, and the structure of the eggs. Dinosaurs had scales, and birds have modified scales-their feathers-and scaly feet. Some dinosaurs also may have had feathers; a recently discovered fossil of a small dinosaur indicates that it had a featherlike covering. In fact, some primitive fossil birds and small meat-eating dinosaurs are so similar that it is difficult to tell them apart based on their skeletons alone.
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Cultural definitions for for the birds

for the birds

Worthless: “The last scheme you came up with was really for the birds.”

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Idioms and Phrases with for the birds (1 of 2)

for the birds

Worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example, This conference is for the birds—let's leave now. This term has been said to allude to horse droppings from which birds would extract seeds. This seemingly fanciful theory is borne out by a more vulgar version of this idiom, shit for the birds. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with for the birds (2 of 2)

bird

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