bird-on-the-wing

Definitions

  • 13. A bird on the wing
    13. A bird on the wing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bird-on-the-wing common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
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    “Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.”

Usage

In literature:

Other birds that sing on the wing are the meadowlark, goldfinch, purple finch, indigo-bird, Maryland yellow-throat, and woodcock.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
In the noon stillness there was not even a boat on the lake nor a bird on the wing.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
As well try, however, to maroon a bird on the wing as a French wood-runner.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
The Oven-bird also sings an ecstatic warbling on the wing; a thrilling performance.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
It can rise out of the waves, and on wing visit the domain of the birds.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
The chest floated on the still waters, and the sea birds swooped down to look at it, and passed by, with one waft of their wings.
"Tales of Troy and Greece" by Andrew Lang
For an hour or more, on wide, untiring wings, the great bird sailed and watched.
"The Haunters of the Silences" by Charles G. D. Roberts
Charley feels like a bird on the wing.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 8, May 1886, No. 7." by Various
I can shoot a bird on the wing already with it.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
For the Austrian machine staggered like a bird hit on the wing, reeled, and then plunged downward.
"Under Fire For Servia" by Colonel James Fiske
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In poetry:

That birds of brilliant plumage,
Are soaring on the wing;
Exulting in the daylight,
Rejoicing as they sing.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
Birds in the hedge
Are perched and sing;
Swallows and larks
Are on the wing:
Two merry cuckoos
Are making echoes.
"A May Morning" by William H Davies
Birds, little birds, yes you know
That it is beautiful spring;
From tree to tree, the birdies go,
On fleeting wing!
"Fleeting Spring" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Not a bird that doth not sing
Sweetest praises to Thy Name;
Not an insect on the wing
But Thy wonders doth proclaim.
"All That's Good, and Great, and True" by Godfrey Thring
Every wing of bird above it,
Every light cloud floating on,
Glitters like that flashing mirror
In the self-same sun.
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
And summer birds are on the wing,
Bound for a warmer sky,
They greeted us in early spring—
They bid us now good bye.
"Autumn" by James McCauley

In news:

On wings that span up to 10 feet, the birds range throughout the Andes Mountains, Patagonia, and the coastal regions of western South America, in habitats including high peaks, lowland deserts, and grassy plains.
Autumn is prime time for unusual bird sightings in Wisconsin, with many species winging through the state on a southerly migration.
After studying various wing structures for his "Codex on the Flight of Birds", he sketched numerous gliders controlled by a human being slung beneath the wings, much like a hang- glider of today.
The Western Kingbird was first seen as a single fly-over at Westchester Lagoon on Monday by Gavin Bieber who leads bird tours for WINGS--a worldwide birding tour company based in Tucson.
' On the Wing ' takes flight at new venue Annual show celebrates birds.
Regardless whether there was something in the water at the Broad Art Center at UCLA: watching Single Wing Turquoise Bird Experimental Digital Art's "Light Show," on Jan 26, was a trip.
This graceful bird catches dragonflies on the wing.
The state bird is still endangered, but there's hope on the wing.
Third in WQED's lineup on Things With Wings Sunday, September 26, is the story of a bird thought to be extinct for more than 300 years.
Red Winged Black Birds were falling from the sky, fish were washing up on riverbanks, and 200 cows were found dead on a farm in Wisconsin.
Wing coverts, wingtips, and head and body feathers on the gulls above differ dramatically in color, but each bird is a Herring Gull about a year old.
The bird had a cut on his wing and was unable to fly.
A humming bird was perched on a wire near the feeder one morning doing neck rolls, shoulder (wing) circles, twists and torso rotations.
Turkey vultures are widespread and easily recognized by their bright red, naked head and, in flight, by wings held in a shallow "V." Black vultures on the other hand, are a more Southern bird.
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