lyrebird

[lahyuh r-burd]

Origin of lyrebird

First recorded in 1825–35; lyre + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for lyrebird

lyrebird

noun
  1. 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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