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Samuel D., Australian physician, 1833-1904. See: Bird sign.


a. Any of various warm-blooded egg-laying feathered vertebrates of the class Aves, having forelimbs modified to form wings.
b. Such an animal hunted as game.
c. Such an animal, especially a chicken or turkey, used as food: put the bird in the oven.

bird′ing n.


Abbreviation for:
Bolus vs Infusion Rescupase Development


a vertebrate organism belonging to the class Aves and characterized by the presence of feathers, the modification of the forelimbs as wings (usually for flying), a bill or beak without teeth in the jaws, internal fertilization, calcareous shelled egg(s) incubated outside the body and the ability to control body temperature.

Birds are now thought to be closely related to Theropod DINOSAURS and in fact can be considered to be living dinosaurs. See FEATHER.


any feathered vertebrate. See also feather, avian and under specific groupings such as companion animal, game, raptor, ratite birds and waterfowl.

bird bug
a number of bugs in the family Cimicidae (order Hemiptera) which infest birds. See haematosiphon, oeciacus vicarius, ornithodorus.
bird cherry
Prunus pennsylvanica, P. padus.
bird dog
a dog trained to hunt birds.
domesticated bird
includes groups of birds brought under close control by humans, for purposes of communication (e.g. pigeons), clothing and furnishing (e.g. duck, peacock), sport (e.g. hawks), garden ornaments (e.g. peacock), companionship (e.g. canary) and food (e.g. commercial poultry, turkey, duck, goose used for meat and eggs).
bird-fancier's lung
a pulmonary disease in humans caused by an acquired inhalant hypersensitivity to birds usually kept as pets or commercially so that large numbers and high exposure is likely. The antigen is believed to be in the dander or droppings of pigeons, budgerigars, chickens and turkey. Called also bird-breeder's lung, pigeon-breeder's lung. See also farmer's lung.
bird flea
bird louse
members of the order mallophaga. Includes Amyrsidea, Anaticola, Anatoecus, Bonomiella, Campanulotes, Chelopistes, Ciconiphilus, Clayia, Coloceras, Colpocephalum, Columbicola, Cuclogaster, Gonioctes, Goniodes, Hohorstiella, Holomenopon, Lagopoecus, Lipeurus, Menacanthus, Menopon, Numidicola, Ornithobius, Oxylipeurus, Physconelloides, Somaphantus, Trinoton.
bird malaria
bird of prey
see raptor.
bird repellent
materials used to repel birds and avoid losses to crops. Usually refers to chemicals which are mixed with grain. If mammals ingest the baits accidentally they may be poisoned. See also 4-aminopyridine.
bird tick
see haemaphysalischordeilis, argas.
bird tongue
lethal autosomal recessive trait described in dogs in which the tongue is narrow and folded on itself medially. Affected pups are unable to swallow and die within 3 days of birth.

Patient discussion about bird

Q. If the bird flu were to reach North America, how many people would it kill? How do you protect yourself & others? What can we do to protect ourselves against the Avian Flu which has officially begun to infect humans? How many will die?

A. It infected few people working with chickens, it can
T move around, so I wouldn’t worry too much. the chances of that happening is the same as a meteor hitting earth and destroying it, same as a nuclear war in the middle east that will wipe out half of humanity, same as all big disasters that can happen.
Unless it’s your job to worry about it (world health organization) – just try to live peaceful life.

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References in classic literature ?
The youth immediately resolved to follow the birds to the spring, only two things made him uneasy: first, lest he might be asleep when the birds went, and secondly, lest he might lose sight of them, since he had not wings to carry him along so swiftly.
The innocent little bird which had caused all the mischief, flew away in a fright!
I saw then those magnificent birds, the disposition of whose long feathers obliges them to fly against the wind.
And he was ready to listen attentively to whatever the bird might communicate; for, at the siege of Troy, and elsewhere, he had known such odd things to happen, that he would not have considered it much out of the common run had this little feathered creature talked as plainly as himself.
I know not why it was, but the sight of these birds, generally the ministers of gladness, always oppressed me with melancholy.
If the bird was injured by any bullet that struck below the snow, it was to continue the property of its present owner; but if a feather was touched in a visible part, the animal became the prize of the successful adventurer.
All day long it would seem that the birds were coming thicker from all quarters.
The birds then collected at a short distance, yet to near that their naked necks, entirely bare of feathers, could be plainly seen, as they stretched them out with the effort of their cries, while their gristly crests, garnished with a comb and gills of deep violet, stood erect with rage.
It was not really a piece of paper; it was the Never bird, making desperate efforts to reach Peter on the nest.
Despairing of the fairies, he resolved to consult the birds, but now he remembered, as an odd thing, that all the birds on the weeping beech had flown away when he alighted on it, and though that had not troubled him at the time, he saw its meaning now.
Happily, however, during that spring, they never, but once, got anything but empty nests, or eggs--being too impatient to leave them till the birds were hatched; that once, Tom, who had been with his uncle into the neighbouring plantation, came running in high glee into the garden, with a brood of little callow nestlings in his hands.
JUPITER commanded all the birds to appear before him, so that he might choose the most beautiful to be their king.