(Birch"en) a. Of or relating to birch.
He passed where Newark's stately tower
Looks out from Yarrow's birchen bower.
Sir W. Scott.
(Bird) n. [OE. brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, AS. bridd young bird. &radic92.]
1. Orig., a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal
That ungentle gull, the cuckoo's bird.
The brydds [birds] of the aier have nestes.
2. (Zoöl.) A warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See Aves.
3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
4. Fig.: A girl; a maiden.
And by my word! the bonny bird Arabian bird, the phenix. Bird of Jove, the eagle. Bird of Juno, the peacock. Bird louse
(Zoöl.), a wingless insect of the group Mallophaga, of which the genera and species are very numerous
and mostly parasitic upon birds. Bird mite (Zoöl.), a small mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus
and allies) parasitic upon birds. The species are numerous. Bird of passage, a migratory bird.
Bird spider (Zoöl.), a very large South American spider It is said sometimes to capture and kill small
birds. Bird tick (Zoöl.), a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds usually winged.
In danger shall not tarry.
(Bird) v. i.
1. To catch or shoot birds.
2. Hence: To seek for game or plunder; to thieve. [R.] B. Jonson.
(Bird"bolt`) n. A short blunt arrow for killing birds without piercing them. Hence: Anything which
smites without penetrating. Shak.
(Bird" cage", or Bird"cage`) n. A cage for confining birds.
1. A sound made in imitation of the note or cry of a bird for the purpose of decoying the bird or its mate.
2. An instrument of any kind, as a whistle, used in making the sound of a birdcall.
(Bird"catch`er) n. One whose employment it is to catch birds; a fowler.
(Bird"catch`ing), n. The art, act, or occupation or catching birds or wild fowls.
(Bird" cher`ry) (Bot.) A shrub (Prunus Padus ) found in Northern and Central Europe. It
bears small black cherries.
(Bird"er) n. A birdcatcher.
(Bird"-eyed`) a. Quick-sighted; catching a glance as one goes.