bird·​bath | \ˈbərd-ˌbath, -ˌbäth\

Definition of birdbath 

: a usually ornamental basin set up for birds to bathe in

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Change birdbath water frequently, and check for water trapped in gutters, said Brian Duffy, assistant manager and director of field operations at Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District. Vikki Ortiz,, "Chicagoland mosquito fighters struggle to keep up with this summer's surge of blood suckers," 11 July 2018 Shatynski provides clean water for the wildlife that visits her garden with a birdbath and a recycling fountain. Dawn Standke,, "Tally up your garden’s earth friendliness," 12 July 2018 Once a week, empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out containers that hold water, such as vases, pet water bowls, flowerpot saucers, discarded tires in the backyard, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths and rain barrels. Stephen Hudak,, "Health officials wary of mosquitoes — and rising risk of Zika and other illnesses — after heavy rains," 24 May 2018 Hundreds of items had been stolen from residents in the area around the Highlands in June, ranging from birdbaths and hanging plants to a wide variety of garden gnomes. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "'Gnome bandit' accused of Highlands thefts arrested in Georgia," 10 July 2018 Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week. Naseem S. Miller,, "Orange County issues advisory for mosquito-borne disease," 3 July 2018 However, unfortunately, some birds actually carry ticks, so be sure to keep areas near bird feeders and birdbaths clear of brush and debris so any hitchhiking ticks are less likely to survive. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Keep Ticks Out Of Your Yard," 8 June 2016 Water in birdbaths and pet dishes should be changed every few days. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Milwaukee County: Here's how to protect yourself," 29 June 2018 The typical birdbath consists of a bowl that sits on a weighted pedestal to prevent tipping over. Kirk Sides, Houston Chronicle, "Birdbaths offer cool dip and sip in summer heat," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of birdbath

1862, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of birdbath was in 1862

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English Language Learners Definition of birdbath

: a bowl that is filled with water and usually raised above the ground in a yard or garden so birds can bathe in it


bird·​bath | \ˈbərd-ˌbath, -ˌbäth\

Kids Definition of birdbath

: a basin for birds to bathe in

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