Entry from US English dictionary
A full colonel.
- A peer, on the other hand, who commanded a squad of street cleaners in New York City (hence a public employee), went to Leavenworth and became a bird colonel, and for all I know, maybe a general officer.
- Seasoned bird colonels and second lieutenants who knew less than the students they tutored variously served as superintendents.
- A little more discipline in thought would be appropriate before we castigate the bird colonels and stars.
Mid 20th century; from the silver eagle indicating the rank of full colonel.
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Syllabification: bird colo·nel
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