Meaning of “bird of paradise” in the English Dictionary

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"bird of paradise" in British English

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bird of paradisenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌbɜːd əv ˈpær.ə.daɪs/ us /ˌbɝːd əv ˈper.ə.daɪs/

Examples from literature

  • Bird-lovers must now bid farewell forever to all the birds of paradise. 
  • But if my desires were fulfilled by the capture of this bird of paradise, those of our Canadian huntsman remained unsatisfied. 
  • From what you say I should have inferred that birds of paradise were probably polygamous. 
  • The water rustled and roiled as if all the birds of paradise that the world contained had taken flight. 
  • Who had named those birds the birds of paradise? 

(Definition of “bird of paradise” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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