lovebird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lovebird small African parrot noted for showing affection for their mates
    • n lovebird small Australian parakeet usually light green with black and yellow markings in the wild but bred in many colors
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lovebirds are small parakeets who live in pairs. Male and female lovebirds look alike, but most other male birds have brighter colors than the females.
    • n lovebird A little parrot or parrakeet, remarkable for the affection it shows for its mate. Many species of different genera have this trait. They are all of diminutive size. The American love-birds belong to the genus Psittacula, and some of them have also been called Agapornis. They are such as P. passerina, with several related species or varieties, and P. purpurata. The true love-birds belong to the restricted genus Agapornis, all of which are African. They are such as A. cana, A. pullaria, and A. swinderniana. (See cut under Agapornis.) The most familiar of these is A. pullaria, scarcely 7 inches long, bright-green with a rose-red face and throat, coralline bill, gray feet, and short rounded tail, which when spread shows a red field bordered with a subterminal bar of black. It thrives on canary-seed, and makes a charming pet. Another group of love-birds inhabits the East Indian archipelago, New Guinea, and Australia, and represents divisions of the genus Psittacula (in a large sense) called Cyclopsitta and Psittinus. Such are C. diophthalma of the Aru Islands, P. malaccensis, etc. The most diminutive of parrots, Nasiterna pygmæa, belongs to the same group as the last. Also love-parrakeet, love-parrot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lovebird a genus of small birds of the parrot tribe, so called from their attachment to each other
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. lufu, love; Ger. liebe; cf. L. libet, lubet.

Usage

In literature:

They smoothed each other's feathers and altogether were a perfect picture of two little lovebirds.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
In another cage, shaped like a chalet, two lovebirds sat motionless side by side on their perch.
"Original Short Stories, Volume 5 (of 13)" by Guy de Maupassant
In another cage, shaped like a chalet, two lovebirds sat motionless side by side on their perch.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
We all sit round cooing at each other like beastly little green lovebirds in a cage.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Comical tricks lovebirds do.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
I don't think lovebirds ought to fight.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
Women bore me ... women in books and plays, I mean ... because they're all of a pattern: lovebirds.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
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In news:

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux ended their European vacation with several days in Capri , and RadarOnline.com has photos of the sexy lovebirds enjoying the island -- and each other.
Michigan lovebirds rescued from being stranded on island after elaborate proposal.
Lovebirds rescued after elaborate proposal.
Skydiving Lovebirds Fall Into Marriage from 13,000 Feet (Photo Credit: Michael Pahl/Skydive Utah).
One of the most charming towns in the Texas Hill Country is turning up the heat for lovebirds.
GREASE The rockin' T-Birds and Pink Ladies, along with mismatched lovebirds Danny (too cool for words) and Sandy (Miss Goody-Goody), arrive at ArtCentre Theatre.
Michigan Lovebirds Rescued after Elaborate Marriage Proposal .
Rumored lovebirds Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted taking a tour of the Old Mission in Katy's hometown of Santa Barbara this week.
The lovebirds were spotted checking out a three-bedroom, $4.35 million penthouse at 225.
Vito Schnabel and Demi Moore, purported lovebirds.
Michigan Lovebirds Rescued after Elaborate Marriage Proposal.
While they're there, the lovebirds are slated to hit Jay-Z's big 40th birthday bash at the nearby Casa de Campo resort.
The then-lovebirds were spotted in L.A.
Happy birthday to lovebirds Nick and Vanessa Lachey.
Is it a time to share a tender moment and Hallmark greeting card with the one you adore, or is it a time to scoff at said lovebirds, drowning your cynicism in large, red martinis.
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