bird colonel

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From the insignia of rank, which bears a depiction of an eagle.


bird colonel (plural bird colonels)

  1. (US, slang, military) A member of the United States armed forces having the rank of full colonel, as distinct from a lieutenant colonel.
    • 1960, "Pink Is for Learning," Time, 4 July,
      This month at 47, Colonel Polich retires after 20 years of service; as a reservist and an engineer, bird colonel is about the highest peacetime rank he can achieve.