“And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:” (Isaiah 5:26 KJV)
“One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.” (Isaiah 30:17 KJV)
EN’SIGN, n. en’sine. [L. insigne, insignia, from signum, a mark impressed, a sign.]
1. The flag or banner of a military band; a banner of colors; a standard; a figured cloth or piece of silk, attached to a staff, and usually with figures, colors or arms thereon, borne by an officer at the head of a company, troop or other band.
2. Any signal to assemble or to give notice.
He will lift up an ensign to the nations. Isa 5.
Ye shall be left as an ensign on a hill. Isa 30.
3. A badge; a mark of distinction, rank or office; as ensigns of power or virtue.
4. The officer who carries the flag or colors, being the lowest commissioned officer in a company of infantry.
5. Naval ensign, is a large banner hoisted on a staff and carried over the poop or stern of a ship; used to distinguish ships of different nations, or to characterize different equadrons of the same navy.
Avian and Attributes – Emperor Bird-of-paradise
The Emperor Bird-of-paradise
The Emperor Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea guilielmi), also known as Emperor of Germany’s bird-of-paradise is a species of bird-of-paradise.
The Emperor bird-of-paradise is endemic to Papua New Guinea. It is distributed in hill forests of the Huon Peninsula. The diet consists mainly of fruits, figs and arthropods.
The name commemorates the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II of Germany. In January 1888, the emperor bird-of-paradise was the last bird-of-paradise discovered by Carl Hunstein, who also found the blue bird-of-paradise on his journeys. These two species, along with the red bird-of-paradise, are the only Paradisaea that perform inverted display. (Paradisaeidae – Birds-of-paradise Family)
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]