lyrebird

[ lahyuh r-burd ]
/ ˈlaɪərˌbɜrd /

noun

an Australian passerine bird of the genus Menura, the male of which has a long tail that is lyrate when spread.

Nearby words

  1. lyrately,
  2. lyre,
  3. lyre back,
  4. lyre snake,
  5. lyre-form sofa,
  6. lyric,
  7. lyrical,
  8. lyricism,
  9. lyricist,
  10. lyricize

Origin of lyrebird

First recorded in 1825–35; lyre + bird

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British Dictionary definitions for lyrebird

lyrebird

/ (ˈlaɪəˌbɜːd) /

noun

either of two pheasant-like Australian birds, Menura superba and M. alberti, constituting the family Menuridae: during courtship displays, the male spreads its tail into the shape of a lyre
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