Definition of Bird-on-the-wing

1. Noun. Common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals.

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bird-on-the-wing

bird-breeder's lung
bird-cherry ermine
bird-cherry ermines
bird-fancier's lung
bird-footed dinosaur
bird-handler's disease
bird-on-the-wing (current term)
bird bath
bird baths
bird cherries
bird cherry
bird cherry tree
bird colonel
bird colonels
bird course
bird courses
bird diseases
bird dog
bird dogged
bird dogging

Literary usage of Bird-on-the-wing

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1. Routledge's Every Boy's Annual by Edmund Routledge (1886)
"I have seen a secretary bird on the wing, carrying a snake at least six feet long ; and I once came on the remains of a rock snake that must have been ten ..."

2. Design in Nature: Illustrated by Spiral and Other Arrangements in the by James Bell Pettigrew (1908)
"... but it is equally true that the air supports the bird, and that the evolutions of the bird on the wing are quite as ..."

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