bird-of-paradise

noun
bird-of-par·​a·​dise | \ ˈbərd-əv-ˈper-ə-ˌdīs How to pronounce bird-of-paradise (audio) , -ˌdīz, - ˈpa-rə- \

Definition of bird-of-paradise

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: 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

1874, in the meaning defined above

Noun phrase

1569, in the meaning defined above

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“Bird-of-paradise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird-of-paradise. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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