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[ luhv-burd ]
/ ˈlʌvˌbɜrd /


any of various small parrots, especially of the genus Agapornis, of Africa, noted for the affection shown one another and often kept as pets.
lovebirds, a pair of lovers, especially a married couple who show very close mutual love and concern.


Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?

Nearby words

love-in, love-in-a-mist, love-in-idleness, love-lies-bleeding, loveable, lovebird, lovebirds, lovebite, lovecraft, lovecraft, h. p., loved

Origin of lovebird

First recorded in 1585–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for love bird


/ (ˈlʌvˌbɜːd) /


any of several small African parrots of the genus Agapornis, often kept as cage birds
another name for budgerigar
informal a loverthe lovebirds are in the garden
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Word Origin and History for love bird

love bird


1590s, small species of West African parrot, noted for the remarkable attention mating pairs pay to one another; figurative sense of "a lover" is attested from 1911.

Hold hands, you lovebirds. [Emil Sitka]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper