Birds-mouth

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.
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Bird's" nest`

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Bird's-nest

} (), n. 1. The nest in which a bird lays eggs and hatches her young.
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2. (Cookery) The nest of a small swallow (Collocalia nidifica and several allied species), of China and the neighboring countries, which is mixed with soups.
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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.
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3. (Bot.) An orchideous plant with matted roots, of the genus Neottia (Neottia nidus-avis).
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Bird's-nest pudding, a pudding containing apples whose cores have been replaced by sugar.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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