Birdseye



Clarence, 1886–1956, U.S. inventor and businessman: developer of food-freezing process.
seen from above, as by a bird in flight; panoramic:
a bird’s-eye view of the city.
omitting many details; hasty; superficial; general:
a bird’s-eye view of ancient history.
having spots or markings resembling the eyes of a bird:
bird’s-eye tweed.
any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.
Textiles.

a woven, allover pattern on fabrics, characterized chiefly by small diamond shapes resembling the eyes of a bird.
a fabric having this pattern, especially a cotton used for diapers or a linen used for toweling.

Contemporary Examples

Lillian Hellman, Clarence Birdseye and Thai Jones: Must Read Nonfiction Victoria Beale, Wendy Smith, Kevin Canfield May 16, 2012
Lillian Hellman, Clarence Birdseye and Thai Jones: Must Read Nonfiction Victoria Beale, Wendy Smith, Kevin Canfield May 16, 2012

Historical Examples

The Bostonians, Vol. I (of II) Henry James
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
Bentley’s Miscellany, Volume II Various
American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
The Mayor of Warwick Herbert M. Hopkins
Local Color Irvin S. Cobb

adjective

seen or photographed from high above
summarizing the main points of a topic; summary (esp in the phrase bird’s-eye view)

having markings resembling birds’ eyes
noun
bird’s-eye primrose, a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres
bird’s-eye speedwell, the usual US name for germander speedwell
any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours
a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each
a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern

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