“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;” (Revelation 2:18 KJV)
Avian and Attributes – Fire
FIRE, n. [The radical sense of fire is usually, to rush, to rage, to be violently agitated; and if this is the sense of fire, in coincides with L. furo. It may be from shining or consuming.]
1. In the popular acceptation of the word, fire is the effect of combustion. The combustible body ignited or heated to redness we call fire; and when ascending in a stream or body, we call it flame. A piece of charcoal in combustion, is of a red color and very hot. In this state it is said to be on fire, or to contain fire. When combustion ceases, it loses its redness and extreme heat, and we say, the fire is extinct.
2. The burning of fuel on a hearth, or in any other place.
3. The burning of a house or town; a conflagration. Newburyport and Savannah have suffered immense losses by fire. The great fire in Boston in 1711 consumed a large part of the town.
4. Light; luster; splendor.
Stars, hide your fires!
6. The instrument of punishment; or the punishment of the impenitent in another state.
Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Isa 33.
8. Ardor of temper; violence of passion.
He had fire in his temper.
9. Liveliness of imagination; vigor of fancy; intellectual activity; animation; force of sentiment or expression.
And warm the critic with a poet’s fire.
11. Ardor; heat; as the fire of zeal or of love.
12. Combustion; tumult; rage; contention.
13. Trouble; affliction.
When thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt. Isa 43.
To set on fire, to kindle; to inflame; to excite violent action.
1. To set on fire; to kindle; as, to fire a house or chimney; to fire a pile.
2. To inflame; to irritate the passions; as, to fire with anger or revenge.
3. To animate; to give life or spirit; as, to fire the genius.
5. To cause to explode; to discharge; as, to fire a musket or cannon. [edited]
“As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith unto them, Bring of the fish which ye have now caught.” (John 21:9-10 KJV) [Jesus provided a fire to cook their meal.]
Too many “Fire” birds to give facts on, so here is a list and a gallery of their photos. Fire-bellied Woodpecker, Fire-breasted Flowerpecker, Fire-capped Tit, Fire-crested Alethe, Fire-eyed Diucon, Fire-fronted Bishop, Fire-maned Bowerbird, Fire-tailed Myzornis, Fire-tailed Sunbird, Firethroat, Fire-tufted Barbet, Firewood-gatherer. This does not include the birds who’s last name starts with “Fire.” Nor are any of the “Fiery” birds listed. [Another time]
[Definitions from Webster’s Dictionary of American English (1828), unless noted. Bird info from Wikipedia plus.]