blue·​bird | \ ˈblü-ˌbərd How to pronounce bluebird (audio) \

Definition of bluebird

: 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

Recent Examples on the Web Nothing beats a bluebird day when parts of Mulcahy are backdropped by the Chugach Mountains. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2021 The Turdidae have some real aristocrats in their tree, beginning with the bluebird — that blithe symbol of rural America — and ascending to the wood thrush. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Apr. 2021 UniQure’s announcement today comes less than 3 weeks after another company, bluebird bio, found that a different virus called a lentiviral vector probably did not play a role in a patient’s leukemia in a gene therapy trial for sickle cell disease. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 29 Mar. 2021 Our numerous bluebird houses are in some need of attention. Cori Brown,, 27 Mar. 2021 However, with its famous sunny skies and bluebird days, even mid-winter can feel delightfully spring-like. Roger Sands, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 But starting in the 1950s and 1960s there was a big push to build and erect bluebird houses. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 Darker colors are best for bluebird skies, made even more effective if they are mirrored. Popular Science, 23 Feb. 2021 The bluebird bio news comes on the heels of a December 2020 report that a patient in a gene therapy trial for hemophilia had developed a liver tumor. Jocelyn Kaiser, Science | AAAS, 16 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of bluebird

1688, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jun 2021

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“Bluebird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bluebird

: a small North American bird that is mostly blue with a blue, brown, or orange belly


blue·​bird | \ ˈblü-ˌbərd How to pronounce bluebird (audio) \

Kids Definition of bluebird

: a small North American songbird that is blue above and reddish brown or pale blue below

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