1. Orig, a chicken; the young of a fowl; a young eaglet; a nestling; and hence, a feathered flying animal (see 2). That ungentle gull, the cuckoo’s bird. (Shak) The brydds birds of the aier have nestes. (Tyndale (Matt. Viii. 20))
2. (Science: zoology) a warm-blooded, feathered vertebrate provided with wings. See aves.
3. Specifically, among sportsmen, a game bird.
4. A girl; a maiden. And by my word! the bonny bird in danger shall not tarry. (Campbell) Arabian bird, the phenix. Bird of jove, the eagle. Bird of Juno, the peacock. Bird louse, a dipterous insect parasitic upon birds (genus Ornithomyia, and allies), usually winged.
Origin: oe. Brid, bred, bird, young bird, bird, as. Bridd young bird.