bird-on-the-wing
bird-on-the-wing ird-on-the-wing n. a common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America ({Polygala paucifolia}), having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy-purple flowers with winged sepals.

Syn: flowering wintergreen, gaywings, gay-wings, fringed polygala. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • bird-on-the-wing — noun common trailing perennial milkwort of eastern North America having leaves like wintergreen and usually rosy purple flowers with winged sepals • Syn: ↑flowering wintergreen, ↑gaywings, ↑fringed polygala, ↑Polygala paucifolia • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the wing — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the air; while flying. * /The duck flew away, but John shot it on the wing./ 2. {informal} In constant motion; always very busy. * /Susan was on the wing doing things to get ready for her trip./ * /Mr. Jones had a busy …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the wing — {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. In the air; while flying. * /The duck flew away, but John shot it on the wing./ 2. {informal} In constant motion; always very busy. * /Susan was on the wing doing things to get ready for her trip./ * /Mr. Jones had a busy …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the wing — idi a) in flight, or flying: a bird on the wing[/ex] b) active; traveling …   From formal English to slang

  • On the wing — Wing Wing, n. [OE. winge, wenge; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. & Sw. vinge, Icel. v[ae]ngr.] [1913 Webster] 1. One of the two anterior limbs of a bird, pterodactyl, or bat. They correspond to the arms of man, and are usually modified for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • on the wing — ► on the wing (of a bird) in flight. Main Entry: ↑wing …   English terms dictionary

  • on the wing — adverb flying through the air (Freq. 1) we saw the ducks in flight • Syn: ↑in flight * * * phrasal 1. : in flight : flying 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the wing — adverb While flying. Next comes a supposition, that the bird sleeps on the wing, and that the great distance from land at which it is seen at close of day is thought to favour the supposition …   Wiktionary

  • on the wing — (of a bird) in flight. → wing …   English new terms dictionary

  • be on the wing — literary phrase if a bird or insect is on the wing, it is flying Thesaurus: bird behaviourhyponym insect behaviourhyponym Main entry: wing …   Useful english dictionary

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