—adj. 1. seen from above, as by a bird in flight; panoramic: a bird's-eye view of the city. 2. omitting many details; hasty; superficial; general: a bird's-eye view of ancient history. 3. having spots or markings resembling birds' eyes: bird's-eye tweed.
—n. 1. any of various plants having small, round, bright-colored flowers, as a primrose, Primula farinosa, or a speedwell, Veronica chamaedrys. 2. Textiles. a. a woven, allover pattern on fabrics, characterized chiefly by small diamond shapes resembling the eye of a bird.
b. a fabric having this pattern, esp. a cotton used for diapers or a linen used for toweling.