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Phaseolus vulgaris
Capsicum frutescens
Veronica chamaedrys


bird +‎ eye


birdeye (countable and uncountable, plural birdeyes)

  1. A position looking down from above, either literally or figuratively (providing an overview).
    • 1944, Frederik A. Kugel, Television Magazine - Volumes 1-3, page 77:
      These two forms of lighting are most used at CBS, although birdeyes are used occasionally.
    • 1996, Ludger Honnefelder, ‎Rega Wood, & ‎Mechthild Dreyer, John Duns Scotus, →ISBN, page 273:
      He has provided us with not only an excellent working framework to distinguish the various issues that can be raised in relation to individuation but also a birdeye's view of most of their histories
    • 2011, Ian Douglas Robertson, Turtle Hawks, →ISBN, page 282:
      He was now standing at the top with a birdeye's view of the battlefield.
    • 2011, Florian Laquai, Markus Duschl, & Gerhard Rigoll, “Impact and modeling of driver behavior due to cooperative assistance systems”, in International Conference on Digital Human Modeling:
      This was accomplished by displaying a birdeye perspective on a simplified road visualisation.
    • 2012, Esther García Morata, José M Cañas, Vicente Matellán, A client-server teleoperator for the EyeBot micro-robot:
      In that scenario computing power of small robots usually is very short, and information coming from a birdeye camera is received and processed on an outer P.
    • 2017 July, Felix Mauch, Arne Roennau, & Georg Heppner, “Service robots in the field: The BratWurst Bot”, in 18th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICA):
      The incoming image is first rectified (Fig. 2a) and is then birdeye projected using a calibrated projection matrix (Fig. 2b)
  2. An eye that is birdlike, especially one with an unblinking stare or with very keen eyesight.
    • 1981, Maurice Duggan & ‎Christian Karlson Stead, Collected Stories, page 37:
      With no voice something formed inside her. Like a bird regarding a snail. And I await the swoop, the ravaging beak, the descent of the sleek, pinfeathered head and the naked hunger in the shrewd birdeyes.
    • 1996, Northwest Review - Volume 34, page 19:
      She noticed the white stubble already on the doctor's red cheeks, even though it was only afternoon, the vein standing out on his forehead, the intensity of his birdeyes, like the hawks that soared over the chicken-coop farm of her childhood.
    • 2012, Francis Tokarski, Swords and Surrealities, →ISBN, page 72:
      From Heaven's heights their keen birdeyes could see in the Moonlight much of the landscape for hundreds of leagues around.
  3. A variety of string bean, Phaseolus vulgaris.
    • 1930, ‎United States Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, Soil survey, page 35:
      The remaining one fourth is generally used in the production of corn and hay, although some wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat, and birdeye beans are grown.
    • 1943, Ernest Albert McCallan, The Bermuda Home Vegetable Garden, page 18:
      This later-maturing relative of the birdeye is grown for its short pods (3 to 5 in.) containing small seeds which are desirable for table use.
    • 1997, Sherwood Anderson, ‎Welford Dunaway Taylor, ‎& Charles E. Modlin, Southern Odyssey: Selected Writings by Sherwood Anderson, →ISBN:
      I lived on birdeye beans before there was any rayon plant and I can live on birdeye beans again.
  4. A type of small, extremely hot chili (Capsicum frutescen); piri piri.
    • 1993, Pearl Violette Metzelthin, Gourmet - Volume 53, Issues 1-6, page 92:
      At a shop called Thandapani are sacks of chilies — dried large chilies, which are not too hot, Dhershini says; medium-hot red peppers and green ones; small, wrinkled red chilies that are very hot; and tiny, bright-red birdeye chilies that are, she says, "Oh my God!
    • 2014 June 26, Amanda Kludt, “Eater Young Guns Class of 2014 Feted in Los Angeles”, in Eater National:
      JJ served a bass crudo with yam, Birdeye chile, and cumin puff rice.
    • 2017 December, Chigoziri Ekhuemelo, Ebenezer Jonathan Ekefan, & Alphonso Okechukwu Nwankiti, “Field Reactions of Pepper (Capsicum spp.) Lines and Accessions to Anthracnose Disease in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria”, in Asian Journal of Advances in Agricultural Research, volume 4, number 1:
      Fifteen exotic pepper lines developed at the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC) Taiwan (AVPP- 0013, 0802, 9809, 9905(Susceptible Check), 0401, 9814, 9807, 0403, 0706, 0513, 0412, 0114, 9801, 9813, 9612) and thirteen accessions sourced locally (Ex-kunkunu, Cayenne, GHA, Prof fintashi, N-M-Iddi, Tugantashi, Bor kono tsifidi, M'daku, African Birdeye pepper, Atarodo, Tatashe, Sombo, Nsukka yellow) were checked for the incidence of Colletotrichum capsici causal agent of pepper anthracnose on the seeds and then screened for field resistance to the disease.
  5. A flowering herbaceous perennial, Veronica chamaedrys.
    • 2016, M Sharifi-Rad, GS Tayeboon, J Sharifi-Rad, “Inhibitory activity on type 2 diabetes and hypertension key-enzymes, and antioxidant capacity of Veronica persica phenolic-rich extracts”, in Cellular and Molecular Biology:
      Veronica persica (common names: birdeye speedwell, common field-speedwell, Persian speedwell, large field speedwell, bird's-eye or winter speedwell‎‎) is a flowering plant native to Eurasia.
    • 2018 January, Milen Radu Claudiu Fierascu, Irina Fierascu Georgiev, Camelia Ungureanu, Sorin Marius Avramescu, Alina Ortan, Mihaela Ioana Georgescu, Anca Nicoleta Sutan, Anca Zanfirescu, Cristina Elena Dinu-Pirvu, Bruno Stefan Velescu, & Valentina Anuta, “Mitodepressive, antioxidant, antifungal and anti-inflammatory effects of wild-growing Romanian native Arctium lappa L.(Asteraceae) and Veronica persica Poiret (Plantaginaceae)”, in Food and Chemical Toxicology, volume 111:
      The hydroalcoholic extracts were obtained from the burdock roots and respectively the aerial parts of birdeye speedwell.
  6. A partially woody spurge (Caperonia castaneaefolia) found in wet soils in the southeastern U.S.; Mexican weed; Texas weed.
    • 1891, Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, Publications: Entomology - Volume 3, page 242:
      Hand pulling and mowing are used to remove indigo and curly indigo, but this is not practical for the Mexican weed (birdeye) and red weed.
    • 1947, Journal of the American Society of Agronomy - Volume 39, page 395:
      The most important weeds other than grasses are indigo, Sesbania macrocarpa Muhl., curly or frizzly indigo, Aeschynomene virginica (L) B.S.P., and Mexican weed or birdeye, Caperonia castaneaefolia (L) St. Hil.
    • 1962, Soil survey of Bossier Parish, Louisiana, page 38:
      After the prairie has been cultivated to rice or to row crops and then allowed to grow to volunteer plants and grasses for several years, these plants are present on the higher, better drained soils: cypressweed (Eupatorium compositifolium), birdeye (Caperonia castaneaefolia). goat weed, also known as woolly croton, (Croton capifałus), and bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon).
  7. A reverse twill weave, or cloth made with that weave.
    • 1899, Cosmopolitan - Volume 27, page 623:
      The infant's napkins should be of thin Canton flannel or cotton birdeye, a few of linen birdeye being provided for occasional use in case of rash or chafing; rubber cloth is not to be thought of.
    • 1940, Lou Tate, Weaving at the Little Loomhouse, page 29:
      The twill proper is threaded 1, 2, 3, 4. To obtain a birdeye or herringbone, the reverse is also used—4, 3, 2, 1.
    • 1956, Archaeologia Cantiana - Volume 69, page 156:
      I should think that the Dover silk must have been a fine weave, as coarse birdeye twills often have a cross instead of the dot in the centre to avoid long floats.
    • 1976, Martha Ogle Forman & ‎W. Emerson Wilson, Plantation Life at Rose Hill: The Diaries of Martha Ogle Forman, 1814-1845, page 413:
      I have just put 42 yards of tow linen in the storeroom, after cutting 6 tow towels for Harriet, and 6 of birdeye cotton and tow, and 7 birdeye I cut a short time before making 13 of birdeye.
    • 2013, Mary Meigs Atwater, The Shuttle-Craft Book on American Hand-Weaving, →ISBN:
      The threadings most used are twill and the two return twills we know as “birdeye” and “gooseeye,” and may be threaded single in a coarse warp set at six ends to the inch or in carpet warp set at twelve ends to the inch and threaded double, as shown on Diagram 59.
  8. A small hole that appears in knitted or woven fabric, where the threads have separated.
    • 1905, Textile World - Volume 28, page 132:
      Another imperfection is generally called “bird-eye.” These may run vertically or horizontally or both ways as in Fig. 1. Bird-eyes which follow a wale are often caused by a dial needle which either has the hook opened a little too much or the latch bent at little to one side.
    • 1961, Textile Industries - Volume 125, page 158:
      This would cause birdeyes, cuts, and dropped stitches in the gore line.
    • 1966, American Society for Quality Control, Annual Technical Conference Transactions - Volume 20, page 646:
      A defect analysis by knitter is issued periodically to whos the frequency of such things as machine holes, press-offs, runners, drop stitches, and "birdeyes".
  9. A small rounded deposit in a calcite matrix.
    • 1970, Bulletin of the Oil & Natural Gas Commission - Volumes 7-9, page 85:
      These two structures are generally uncommon in the rocks under study, but some calcite mosaics resembling stromatactis and birdeyes are observed in the biomicrites.
    • 1984, Vishwa Jit Gupta, & ‎R. C. Kanwar, Carbonate Rocks of the Himalaya, page 132:
      The quartz of the fracture veins and birdeyes which is microcrystalline to coarsely crystalline has possibly formed by direct precipitation from silica rich solutions.
    • 1994, Evaluation of Limestones and Dolostones for Use as Sorbents in Atmospheric Pressure Circulating Fluidized-bed Combustors:
      In the upper 50 feet the Vallentine is a thick- bedded (3 to 5 feet), light gray, extremely fine calcilutite which exhibits concoidal fracture and contains numerous "birdeye's" features.
    • 1996, Nailong Liu, Mineral deposits of China, →ISBN, page 78:
      Drusy cavities filled by gypsum, birdeye structures and a small amount of intercrystal pores can be seen frequently under the microscope.
    • 2004, Field Trip Guide Books: Italia 2004:
      It is a succession of sequences made up of multicoloured clays (grey-greenish, purple), channelized and pebbly sandstones and dolomites (with stromatolites, birdeyes, and halite).
  10. A small spot or knot in finished lumber.
    • 1919 -, Royal Shaw Kellogg, Lumber and Its Uses, page 142:
      A practical application of this rule will admit an occasional small sound pin knot not over 1/8 inch in diameter; dark green or black spots or streaks not over 1/4 inch wide and 3 inches long or its equivalent; birdeyes and small burls; a slightly torn grain or similar defect which can be readily removed by the ordinary method of smoothing the floor when it is laid;
    • 1941, Proceedings: Petroleum industry and trade - Volume 22, page 186:
      It may have a 'flash grain'; contain too many or too large knots, 'birdeyes'; or pin knots.
    • 1943, Allocations & Priorities Guide - Issue 19, page 227:
      There is no limitation on sound burls, birdeyes or twig specks.
    • 2006, Herbert Holik, Handbook of Paper and Board, →ISBN:
      Spots in the finished coating layer, commonly referred to as fisheyes and birdeyes, can have a variety of causes.