Definition of Bird of paradise

1. Noun. A tropical flowering shrub having bright orange or red flowers; sometimes placed in genus Poinciana.

2. Noun. Ornamental plant of tropical South Africa and South America having stalks of orange and purplish-blue flowers resembling a bird.
Exact synonyms: Strelitzia Reginae
Generic synonyms: Herb, Herbaceous Plant
Group relationships: Genus Strelitzia, Strelitzia

3. Noun. Any of numerous brilliantly colored plumed birds of the New Guinea area.
Generic synonyms: Oscine, Oscine Bird
Group relationships: Family Paradisaeidae, Paradisaeidae
Specialized synonyms: Ptloris Paradisea, Riflebird

Definition of Bird of paradise

1. Noun. Any of various passerine birds of the family ''Paradisaeidae'' native to Oceania. In many of the species the breeding plumage of the males is brightly coloured. ¹

2. Noun. A showy tropical flower of the genus ''Strelitzia'', native to Madagascar. ¹

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Medical Definition of Bird of paradise

1. 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 colours, elegant plumes, and often remarkable tail feathers. 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 (Epimachinae) from the same region. The Twelve-wired (Seleucides alba) is one of these. See Paradise bird, and Note under Apod. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Bird of paradise

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"March 16, 1863, Anthony Eccles, of Liverpool, chartered of the claimants the ship, Tbe Bird of Paradise, of which they were owners, to carry a full cargo of ..."

2. Journal of the American Oriental Society by American Oriental Society (1897)
"Manuk dewata the bird of paradise (in the language of the Molucca islands, being by the Malays ... The bird of paradise; literally, "the bird of the gods. ..."

3. The Ibis by British Ornithologists' Union (1901)
"A Roumanian, Emile Racovitza, was the Naturalist to the Expedition. 8. Currie on a new Bird of Paradise. [A new Bird of Paradise. By Rolla P. Currie. Proc. ..."

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