whirlybird

[ hwur-lee-burd, wur- ]
/ ˈʰwɜr liˌbɜrd, ˈwɜr- /

noun Informal.

Origin of whirlybird

First recorded in 1950–55; whirl + -y1 + bird
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British Dictionary definitions for whirlybird

whirlybird

/ (ˈwɜːlɪˌbɜːd) /

noun

an informal word for helicopter
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