bird of passage

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Definition of bird of passage

1 : a migratory bird
2 : a person who leads a wandering or unsettled life

First Known Use of bird of passage

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bird of passage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bird of passage

: a bird that travels from one location to another when the seasons change
literary : a person who wanders to many different places throughout life

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