satin bird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n satin bird of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Satin bird (Zoöl) an Australian bower bird. Called also satin grackle.
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Usage

In literature:

Dot jumped down from the swing, and she and the Kangaroo, guided by the Satin Bird, made their way through some very thickly-grown bush.
"Dot and the Kangaroo" by Ethel C. Pedley
Upon their branches, the satin bird, the gangan, and various kinds of pigeons were feeding.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume I" by Charles Sturt
Upon their branches, the satin bird, the gangan, and various kinds of pigeons were feeding.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
There on the yellow satin, by the tail of that silver bird.
"Through the Wall" by Cleveland Moffett
It is known as 'curled maple' and 'bird's-eye maple,' and the common variety looks like satin-wood.
"Among the Trees at Elmridge" by Ella Rodman Church
The saloon, or after-cabin, was finished in bird's-eye maple and satin wood veneering.
"Cape Cod and All the Pilgrim Land, June 1922, Volume 6, Number 4" by Various
On looking up we caught sight of a magnificent bird, with rich crimson wings, and a long pendant tail like strips of satin.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
Probably of all the lower animals, the male satin or bower bird of New South Wales has the decorative feeling the most developed.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
So does Mrs. Buscarlet, who is radiant in pink satin and a bird-of-paradise as a crown.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
A number of small birds may be mounted on a satin covered screen with embroidered branches and foliage.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
It was worked entirely in flat satin stitch and eyelet holes, known as the "bird's eye" pattern.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
These are in colours, the birds are in silvery greys, all on a white satin ground.
"Art in Needlework" by Lewis F. Day
This is the Satin Bower-bird.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
Miss Bennett entered in one of her gorgeous dressing gowns of crimson satin and bright-blue birds.
"Manslaughter" by Alice Duer Miller
STRANGE, Mr., on the Satin Bower-bird, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The satin or bower-bird is another of Australia's wonders.
"Australian Pictures" by Howard Willoughby
He is a graceful bird, with plumage like satin.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller
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In poetry:

And yonder is the mountain glen,
Where sings in trees unstirred
By breath of breeze or axe of men
The shining satin-bird.
"Heath from the Highlands" by Henry Kendall