/berrdz"uy'/, adj., n., pl. bird's-eyes.
1. seen from above, as by a bird in flight; panoramic: a bird's-eye view of the city.
2. omitting many details; hasty; superficial; general: a bird's-eye view of ancient history.
3. having spots or markings resembling birds' eyes: bird's-eye tweed.
4. any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys.
5. Textiles.
a. a woven, allover pattern on fabrics, characterized chiefly by small diamond shapes resembling the eye of a bird.
b. a fabric having this pattern, esp. a cotton used for diapers or a linen used for toweling.
[1590-1600; BIRD + 'S1 + EYE]

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