bird of paradise
- any of a family (Paradisaeidae) of brightly colored passerine birds found in and near New Guinea
- any of several tropical plants (genus Strelitzia) of the banana family, native to Africa, having orange and blue flowers protruding from a green spathe in a form that resembles a bird in flight
See bird of paradise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. birds of paradise
- Any of various birds of the family Paradisaeidae, native to New Guinea and adjacent islands, usually having brilliant plumage and long tail feathers in the male.
- Any of several southern African herbs of the genus Strelitzia, especially S. reginae, having orange and blue flowers grouped above a boat-shaped bract.
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