Definition of magnificent bird of paradise in US English:

magnificent bird of paradise


  • A bird of paradise, Diphyllodes magnificus, the male of which has a bright yellow crest, mantle, and wings, a glossy green chest, and two long curling tail filaments.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in John Latham (1740–1837), naturalist. From French oiseau de Paradis magnifique.