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bird' of par'adise

any of several passerine birds of the family Paradisaeidae, of New Guinea and adjacent islands, the males of which have ornate, colorful plumage.


Pronunciation: (bûrd'uv-par'u-dīs", -dīz"), [key]
pl. birds-of-paradise.

1. Also called bird'-of-par'adise flow"er. any of several plants of the genus Strelitzia, native to southern Africa, esp. S. reginae, having a large, showy orange and blue inflorescence.
2. a small tree or shrub, Caesalpinia (Poinciana) gilliesii, native to South America, having featherlike leaves and showy yellow flowers with red stamens.

Bird' of Par'adise

the constellation Apus.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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