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.
Generic synonyms: Milkwort
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bird-on-the-wing
Literary usage of Bird-on-the-wing
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
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 ..."