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1[usually as modifier] Any of a number of plants with small flowers that have contrasting petals and centers.
sweeping, wide, extensive, bird's-eye, scenic, commandingView synonyms
- ‘Bird's-eye primrose is a diminutive plant.’
- ‘Bird's-eye primrose has pink or lilac flowers and dusty looking leaves.’
- ‘Bird's-eye refers to the color pattern of the flowers.’
- ‘Also called bird's-eye, it has naturalized and often grows in grassy or bare areas.’
- ‘The map shows the known locations for bird's-eye primrose (black dots) based on the New York Natural Heritage Program database.’
2A small, very hot chili pepper.
- ‘Bird chillies (cabai burung in Malaysia) are also called bird's-eye chillies because they are as small, vivid, and sharp as the eye of a bird.’
- ‘Believed to be one of the hottest peppers available, Tepin is a perennial wild, birds eye pepper of unique flavour.’
- ‘I tried some birds-eye pepper sauce on them once and was converted.’
- ‘If you prefer your salsa hot, opt for the small bird's-eye, or even the eye-watering Scotch bonnet chillies.’
3A small geometric pattern woven with a dot in the center, typically used in suiting and lining fabrics.
- ‘This is a so called four-course repeat structure, which will produce a birds-eye-backed fabric.’
- ‘The four new styles include collar and cuffs with the following designs: thin stripe, bird's-eye, racing and wide stripe.’
- ‘Again a further birds-eye-backed fabric is produced in which the yarn knitting on courses 9 and 11 is of the same colour as that knitted on courses 1,3,5 and 7.’
- ‘A simple pattern of stripes, interspersed with rows of bird's eye pattern make an interesting design.’
- ‘I think I made the right call by not continuing with the bird's eye pattern uninterrupted for the entire piece.’
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