Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
February 21, 2024

Search: BIRD

Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
66Higgins (1923) BIRDBEAKBEAK: Right hand vertical, back of hand against lips, and index and thumb tips opening and closing to represent beak of bird, other fingers closed. 16hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=66&refid=higgins1923
150Higgins (1923) BIRD~cl:B(chop-off-head)CHICKENCHICKEN: Right thumb and index pointing out from mouth for "Beak" and right palm over shoulder pointing to neck, struck forward to show the stroke of hatchet used to chop off the head.30hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=150&refid=higgins1923
885Higgins (1923) TBDBIRD"Beak" "Fly."155hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=885&refid=higgins1923
840Long (1918) BIRD~cl-d-trace:C(from-chin-to-breast)PIGEONPIGEON: Make bill (DUCK); then bring right "B" hand up, thumb side against the chin, and lower it in a half circle to the breast, indicating the protruding breast of the pigeon.93hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=840&refid=long1918
835Long (1918) BIRD~cl:VonB(scratch-ground)CHICKEN, HENCHICKEN, specifically A HEN: Make bill as above (BIRD); then with the fingers of the bent "V" hand make scratching motion in the palm of the open left hand. Or, (2) Make bill as above (BIRD) and then with the forefinger of the right "G" hand slash across the right side of the neck.92hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=835&refid=long1918
834Long (1918) BIRD~FLYBIRDBIRD: With the knuckle of the forefinger of the "G" han against the mouth and the finger pointing outward, bring the ends of the forefinger and thumb together to represent the bill, then work the bent arms as wings. XVII,329.92hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=834&refid=long1918
841Long (1918) BIRD~gs:NECKQUAILQUAIL: Make bill (DUCK); then "bore" the forefinger of the right "G" hand in the side of the neck, or bring the closed "G" hand up and draw it behind the ear.93hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=841&refid=long1918
842Long (1918) BIRD~REDROBINROBIN: Make bill (DUCK); then "red" (draw forefinger across lower lip) and then indicate breast.93hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=842&refid=long1918
836Long (1918) BIRD~ROOSTERCOCKCOCK: Make bill; then place the right "3" hand (thumb and two fingers) with the thumb against the forehead to represent the cock's comb. XVII,330.93hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=836&refid=long1918
285Michaels (1923) BIRDHENHEN: 1. Put the back of the index finger and thumb to the mouth, and move the index finger up and down as a hen does its mouth when cackling.72hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=285&refid=michaels1923
82Michaels (1923) BIRD~FLYBIRDBIRD: 1. Put the back of your hand to your mouth. 2. Move the index finger up and down from the thumb as a bird does in opening its mouth. 3. Spread out your arms, right to the right, left to the left. 4. Flap the hands and arms as a bird does its wings.34hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=82&refid=michaels1923
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