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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green;
[syn: satin bowerbird, satin bird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Satin \Sat"in\, n. [F. satin (cf. Pg. setim), fr. It. setino, from seta silk, L. saeta, seta, a thick, stiff hair, a bristle; or possibly ultimately of Chinese origin; cf. Chin. sz-t["u]n, sz-twan. Cf. Sateen.] A silk cloth, of a thick, close texture, and overshot woof, which has a glossy surface. [1913 Webster] Cloths of gold and satins rich of hue. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Denmark satin, a kind of lasting; a stout worsted stuff, woven with a satin twill, used for women's shoes. Farmer's satin. See under Farmer. Satin bird (Zool.), an Australian bower bird. Called also satin grackle. Satin flower (Bot.) See Honesty, 4. Satin spar. (Min.) (a) A fine fibrous variety of calcite, having a pearly luster. (b) A similar variety of gypsum. Satin sparrow (Zool.), the shining flycatcher (Myiagra nitida) of Tasmania and Australia. The upper surface of the male is rich blackish green with a metallic luster. Satin stone, satin spar. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

satin bird n 1: of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female is light grey-green [syn: satin bowerbird, satin bird, Ptilonorhynchus violaceus]