Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Words used to describe birds

common

adjective

used in the names of birds and animals when there are more of them than related birds and animals

crested

adjective

a crested bird has a crest of feathers on the top of its head

fledged

adjective

with feathers that are developed enough to fly

flightless

adjective

a flightless bird, insect, etc. cannot fly even though it has wings

full-fledged

adjective

a full-fledged bird has grown all its feathers and is able to fly

great

adjective

used in the names of birds or animals that are larger than related birds or animals

gregarious

adjective

gregarious animals or birds live in groups

lesser

adjective

used in the names of some animals, birds, or plants to show that they are a smaller type

migratory

adjective

a migratory bird or animal is one that migrates

webbed

adjective

if a bird or animal has webbed feet, it has skin between its toes to help it to swim well

web-footed

adjective

with toes that are joined by a piece of skin

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog