Definition of birdwing in English:


(also bird-winged butterfly)


  • A very large boldly marked butterfly occurring in the tropical parts of Australasia.

    Genus Ornithoptera, family Papilionidae: several species, including Queen Alexandra's birdwing (O. alexandrae), which is the world's largest butterfly

    • ‘A hundred and fifty years ago, Alfred Russel Wallace must have stood in similar awe when he first saw this spectacular birdwing butterfly in Sarawak, a few hundred miles down the coast from where we were hiking.’
    • ‘At least 280 species, including birdwings, live in the park.’