noun Date: 1834 either of two Australian passerine birds (genus Menura) distinguished in the male by very long tail feathers displayed in the shape of a lyre during courtship

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  • lyrebird — [līr′bʉrd΄] n. any of a family (Menuridae) of Australian passerine birds: the long tail feathers of the male resemble a lyre when spread …   English World dictionary

  • Lyrebird — Lyrebirds Superb Lyrebird Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia …   Wikipedia

  • lyrebird — /luyeur berrd /, n. an Australian passerine bird of the genus Menura, the male of which has a long tail that is lyrate when spread. [1825 35; LYRE + BIRD] * * * Either of two species of insectivorous suboscine passerines (family Menuridae) named… …   Universalium

  • lyrebird — /ˈlaɪəbɜd / (say luyuhberd) noun either of two ground dwelling birds of south eastern Australia constituting the family Menuridae, the superb lyrebird, Menura novaehollandiae, and Albert s lyrebird, M. alberti, noted for their fine loud voices,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lyrebird — noun Either of two large ground dwelling Australian songbirds, of the genus Menura, so named because of the beautiful tail feathers of one species, the Superb Lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) which can be erected to look like a lyre;they are… …   Wiktionary

  • lyrebird — noun a large Australian songbird, the male of which has a long lyre shaped tail. [Genus Menura: Menura novaehollandiae (superb lyrebird) and M. alberti.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • lyrebird — lyrauodegiai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Menura angl. lyrebird vok. Leierschwanz, m rus. лирохвост, m; птица лира, f pranc. ménure, m; oiseau lyre, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – lyrauodeginiai siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • lyrebird — noun (C) a bird with a long U shaped tail, that lives in Australia …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lyrebird — lyre•bird [[t]ˈlaɪərˌbɜrd[/t]] n. orn either of two large passerine birds of the genus Menura, of E Australia, the males of which have long tails that are lyrate when spread • Etymology: 1825–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • lyrebird — noun Australian bird that resembles a pheasant; the courting male displays long tail feathers in a lyre shape • Hypernyms: ↑passerine, ↑passeriform bird • Member Holonyms: ↑Menura, ↑genus Menura …   Useful english dictionary

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