Word of the Day: Bird

bird / bərd

 

noun

 

  1. any warm-blooded vertebrate in the class Aves having a body covered with feathers, forelimbs modified into wings, covered with feathers, a beak with no teeth, and bearing its young in a hard-shelled egg

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Salvador Dali, 1904-1989

 

  1. a fowl or game animal with feathers and wings

Pheasants are one of the oldest game birds recorded in history and are populous throughout the world.

Gene Gerrard, ?-

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  1. slang, a peculiar person

In practice people who study philosophy too long become very odd birds, not to say thoroughly vicious; while even those who are the best of them are reduced by…[philosophy] to complete uselessness as members of society.

from ‘Republic: The Theatre of the Mind’ by Plato, 428/427 BCE or 424/423 BCE-348/347 BCE

 

verb

 

  1. to observe warm-blooded, feathered creatures

Throughout his life, John James Audubon was a naturalist, ornithologist and artist, and his contributions to modern birding cannot be overestimated.

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