blue·​bird ˈblü-ˌbərd How to pronounce bluebird (audio)
: any of three small North American thrushes (Sialia currucoides, S. mexicana, and S. sialis) that are blue above and reddish brown or pale blue below

Examples of bluebird in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluebird was in 1688

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“Bluebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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blue·​bird -ˌbərd How to pronounce bluebird (audio)
: any of three small North American songbirds related to the robin but more or less blue above

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