bird-of-paradise

noun

Definition of bird-of-paradise 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an ornamental plant (Strelitzia reginae of the family Strelitziaceae) native to southern Africa that has scapes terminating in a horizontal bract from which emerges an upright flower having three orange or yellow sepals and three irregular blue petals

bird of paradise

noun phrase

Definition of bird of paradise (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed oscine birds (family Paradisaeidae) chiefly of New Guinea and neighboring islands

First Known Use of bird-of-paradise

Noun

circa 1884, in the meaning defined above

Noun phrase

1595, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bird-of-paradise

Share bird-of-paradise

Statistics for bird-of-paradise

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bird-of-paradise

The first known use of bird-of-paradise was in 1595

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on bird-of-paradise

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about bird-of-paradise

Comments on bird-of-paradise

What made you want to look up bird-of-paradise? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not any or not one

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!