birdless

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

bird +‎ -less

Adjective[edit]

birdless (not comparable)

  1. Without birds.
    • 1854, Anonymous [Samuel R. Phillips], Nebraska, A Poem, Personal and Political, Boston: John P. Jewett & Co., p. 11,[1]
      Rude huts, like birdless nests, are tenantless;
    • 1858, Edward Bulwer-Lytton (under the pseudonym Pisistratus Caxton), What Will He Do with It?, Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1859, Volume III, Chapter 9, pp. 88-89,[2]
      Most of her aunt’s property was in houses, in various districts of Bloomsbury. Arabella moved from one to the other of these tenements, till she settled for good into the dullest of all. To make it duller yet, by contrast with the past, the Golgotha for once gave up its buried treasures—broken lute, birdless cage!
    • 1917, James Joyce, “Tutto è Sciolto” in Poetry, Volume X, April-September, 1917, p. 72,[3]
      A birdless heaven, sea-dusk and a star
      Sad in the west;
      And thou, poor heart, love’s image, fond and far,
      Rememberest:
    • 1959, Mervyn Peake, Titus Alone, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, Chapter 68,
      Later that evening, Muzzlehatch and the small ape shook themselves free of the gaping crowd and drove the car, slowly at the tail of a ragged cavalcade that, winding this way and that, finally disappeared into a birdless forest.