1. Orig, a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). "That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird." (Shak) "The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes." (Tyndale (Matt. Viii. 20))

2. <zoology> A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.

3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.

4. A girl; a maiden. "And by my word! the bonny bird In danger shall not tarry." (Campbell) Arabian bird, the phenix. Bird of Jove, the eagle. Bird of Juno, the peacock. Bird louse, a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus Ornithomyia, and allies), usually winged.

Origin: OE. Brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. Bridd young bird.

(01 Mar 1998)