bird's nest

noun

Definition of bird's nest

1 :the nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches young
2 a :edible bird's nest; also :a substitute used in the preparation of soup
b :any of several dishes commonly containing nuts or fruit (such as an apple dumpling or a cobbler)
3 :any of several plants having a real or fancied resemblance to a bird's nest; especially :wild carrot
4 :crow's nest 1a
5 a :a snarl of fishing line at the reel :backlash
b :a mass of tangled hair
  • If the younger girl's hair was a bird's nest of tangles, her choice of clothing torn blue jeans and an oversized sweater spotted with burrs and prickly seeds, it was simply because she was endlessly active.
  • —Charles de LintMemory and Dream1994
  • Irie … turned up for her appointment three-thirty on the dot, … a headscarf disguising the bird's nest of her hair, her right hand carefully placed upon her stomach.
  • —Zadie SmithWhite Teeth2000

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bird's-nest

intransitive verb \ ˈbərdz-ˌnest \

Definition of bird's-nest

:to hunt for or take birds' nests or their contents

bird's-nester

noun

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bird's nest


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