bird of passage

noun phrase

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

Word History

First Known Use

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bird of passage was in 1633

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“Bird of passage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

bird of passage

: a bird that migrates

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