In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(small) pájaro masculine(large) (with masculine article in the singular) ave femininebird's nest — nido de pájaro/ave masculine
- her hair is a real bird's nest — tiene el pelo hecho una verdadera maraña
- a bird in a gilded cage — un pájaro en una jaula de cristal
1.2US (clay pigeon)plato de tiro masculine
- After you have clipped his wing, your bird will still be able to fly, but not for any distance.
- The black back of the bird separated the two wings from each other.
- With a three-foot wingspan and two long, streaming tail feathers, these birds are easy to recognize.
- Hence, the possession of feathers is unique to birds and defines all members of the class Aves.
- They were not the feathered wings of a bird or the leathery ones of a bat, but something in-between, sharing the features of both.
- Marine mammals and large flying birds are the animals most likely to be able to benefit from foraging over very large distances.
- Note the curled feathers on the wings, which become more prominent when the bird raises its wings during threat display
- To this purpose the bird will hold its wings out from its body until dry enough for flight.
- They measure the bills and the wings, take the birds ' weights and label a leg of each with a colored marker.
- On the fringes of the bay, fragile marshes and winding waterways are teeming with birds and wildlife.
- Bounding and undulating flight are distinguished by the way the bird uses its wings during the resting phase.
- Occasionally, a bird fluffs feathers and wings in a short flight, before returning to the field of perpetual avian motion.
- It requires no special morphological adaptations, although it is most effective in birds with low wing loading.
- A bird needs wings for lift, tail feathers for control and lightweight bones.
- Youngsters were able to stroke the birds ' feathers.
- When on the water, a sleeping bird will tuck its bill under its wing; on land birds may stand on one leg.
- Whether the flightless birds used their beaks to impale or bludgeon their prey is unknown, Chiappe says.
- Such cases of female competition and aggression have been noted in many birds and other vertebrates.
- Instead, the birds strike with their beaks and hook their fresh meat on thorns or barbed wire.
- I am currently using turkey feathers to fletch with, after spending half a day on a commercial turkey farm plucking wing feathers as the birds went into the slaughter house.
2.1(person)he's rather an odd bird — es un bicho raro informal
- you're a rare bird around here these days! — ¡no se te ve el pelo a menudo por aquí últimamente!
2.2British slang (woman)chica femininegachís feminine Spain slangpiba feminine River Plate informalvieja feminine Mexico Colombia informalcabra feminine Chile informal
- I had a friend who worked abroad minus his wife and ran off with a younger bird.
- The champion is a wily old bird however and Arthur was unable to press home his advantage.
- Every so often, in between weathercasts predicting temperatures in the 90s, they wheel out this wizened old bird.
- Why make a film about a posh old bird and an emporium of entertainment?
- He remained a tough old bird, long after he left the army.
- Whether you have found a cure for cancer or you're just a daft old bird who can't drive makes no difference, as long as people know your face.
- I sound like a tough old bird - but I sweated blood over this gallery and yet I would never want to have had those years any easier.
- She's a strong old bird, but I don't think she'll recover from this one.
- He's a tough old bird who has seen a lot of hard times.
- So I asked a wise old bird, ‘Sir, do you know any tricks to get this light to go out?’
- But the worst was an old bird who shouted at me about the poll tax and blamed me for Black Wednesday.
- Her great-grandmother died of an unknown disease, and my gran was given a stack of money for the old bird's body - medical research I guess.
- To quote the old bird herself, we are not amused.
- A fit bird means a girl who is pretty good looking or tasty!
- Yet England will remain unbroken, staunch old bird that she is, accustomed to the IRA and the blitz of the Second World War.
- The other point is that men want to feel that the women they go out with mirror them - and we all want to prove that we can pull a younger bird.
- We had done everything to breathe life into the old bird.
- It seems there's still life left in the old bird after all.
- Maybe the old bird that called it in wasn't wearing her glasses.
- If you flipped through the channels fast enough, it looked like the old bird had finally made up with Diana.
- Will that wily old bird be proved right in the next few months?
- But when in Rome London, might as well embrace the moment and see what the old bird has to offer.
- The landlady Anika was a senile old bird and was always telling me off for not paying my bills when I'd just paid her the day before.
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