Definition of Genus Irena
1. Noun. Type genus of the Irenidae: fairy bluebirds.
Generic synonyms: Bird Genus
Group relationships: Family Irenidae, Irenidae
Member holonyms: Bluebird, Fairy Bluebird
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Irena
Literary usage of Genus Irena
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1. Birds by Eugene William Oates, William Thomas Blanford (1889)
"The genus Irena contains some of the most beautiful birds known, of which one species only is found within our limits. ..."
2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"... prevailing blue in color, receive the name "bluc- bird,* such as the "Oriental fairy-bluebirds* of the genus Irena, more particularly Irena puella. one ..."
3. The Animal Kingdom Arranged in Conformity with Its Organization by Georges Cuvier, Edward Griffith, Charles Hamilton Smith, Edward Pidgeon, John Edward Gray, George Robert Gray (1829)
"It would have been better had some notice been taken of the genus Irena. Before seeing the bird, and upon the faith of descriptions, we formerly expressed a ..."
4. The English Cyclopaedia by Charles Knight (1867)
"... saw many of them in the poulterers' shops at Naples, and says that "it hath very delicate flesh, and yields wholesome nourishment." Sub-genus Irena ..."
5. The Zoological Record ...: Being Records of Zoological Literature by Zoological Record Association (London, England), Zoological Society of London (1882)
"... showing generic characters, in text. In consequence of a criticism by the late Marquis of Tweeddale [cf. Zool. Ree. xv. Aves, p. 32], the genus Irena, ..."
6. The New International Encyclopaedia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1906)
"Several other birds prevailingly blue receive the name in other lands, such as the Oriental 'fairy bluebirds' of the genus Irena, ..."