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or bird-of-paradise flower
Etymology: bird of paradise1. : an ornamental bananalike plant (Strelitzia reginae) having scapes of orange and purple flowers suggestive of a bird2. : a poinciana (Poinciana gilliesii) with colorful red and yellow flowers
* * */berrd"euhv par"euh duys', -duyz'/, n., pl. birds-of-paradise.1. Also called bird-of-paradise flower. any of several plants of the genus Strelitzia, native to southern Africa, esp. S. reginae, having a large, showy orange and blue inflorescence.2. a small tree or shrub, Caesalpinia (Poinciana) gilliesii, native to South America, having featherlike leaves and showy yellow flowers with red stamens.[1880-85]
Useful english dictionary. 2012.