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2 definitions found
 for Bird of paradise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bird of paradise \Bird" of par"a*dise\ (Zool.)
     The name of several very beautiful birds of the genus
     Paradisea and allied genera, inhabiting New Guinea and the
     adjacent islands. The males have brilliant colors, elegant
     plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Great+emerald+({Paradisea+apoda">Note: The Great emerald ({Paradisea apoda) and the Lesser
           emerald ({Paradisea minor}) furnish many of the plumes
           used as ornaments by ladies; the Red bird of paradise
           is Paradisea rubra or Paradisea sanguinea; the
           Golden bird of paradise is Parotia aurea or
           Parotia sexsetacea; the King bird of paradise is
           Cincinnurus regius. The name is also applied to the
           longer-billed birds of another related group
           ({Epimachin[ae]) from the same region. The
           Twelve-wired+bird+of+paradise+({Seleucides+alba">Twelve-wired bird of paradise ({Seleucides alba) is
           one of these. See Paradise bird, and Note under
           Apod.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bird of paradise
      n 1: a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red
           flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana [syn: bird of
           paradise, poinciana, Caesalpinia gilliesii, Poinciana
           gilliesii]
      2: ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America
         having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling
         a bird [syn: bird of paradise, Strelitzia reginae]
      3: any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New
         Guinea area

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