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Meaning of BIRD OF PARADISE

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area
  2. [n]  a tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana
  3. [n]  ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling a bird
 
 Synonyms: Caesalpinia gilliesii, poinciana, Poinciana gilliesii, Strelitzia reginae
 
 See Also: Caesalpinia, family Paradisaeidae, flowering shrub, genus Caesalpinia, genus Strelitzia, herb, herbaceous plant, oscine, oscine bird, Paradisaeidae, Ptloris paradisea, riflebird, Strelitzia

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Bird" of par"a*dise\ (Zo["o]l.)
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.

Note: The {Great emerald} ({Paradisea apoda}) and the {Lesser
      emerald} ({P. minor}) furnish many of the plumes used
      as ornaments by ladies; the Red is {P. rubra or
      sanguinea}; the Golden is {Parotia aurea or
      sexsetacea}; the King 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 ({Seleucides alba}) is one of these.
      See {Paradise bird}, and Note under {Apod}.

 

 

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