1. [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.
Cloths of gold and satins rich of hue. --Chaucer.
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 flower (Bot.) See Honesty, 4.
Satin spar. (Min.)
(a) A fine fibrous variety of calcite, having a pearly
(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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: of southeast Australia; male is glossy violet blue; female
is light grey-green [syn: satin bowerbird, satin bird,