Bird's-mouth`(), n. (Arch.) An interior angle or notch cut across a piece of timber, for the reception of the edge of another, as that in a rafter to be laid on a plate; -- commonly called crow's-foot in the United States.
Bird's" nest`, or
Bird's-nest} (), n. 1. The nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches her young.
(Cookery) The nest of a small swallow (Collocalia nidifica and several allied species), of China and the neighboring countries, which is mixed with soups.
The nests are found in caverns and fissures of cliffs on rocky coasts, and are composed in part of alg. They are of the size of a goose egg, and in substance resemble isinglass. See Illust. under Edible.
(Bot.) An orchideous plant with matted roots, of the genus Neottia (Neottia nidus-avis).
Bird's-nest pudding, a pudding containing apples whose cores have been replaced by sugar. --
Yellow bird's nest, a plant, the Monotropa hypopitys.
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