1. a brownish or yellowish saprophytic flowering plant of the wintergreen family, with scale-like leaves.
●Two species in the family Monotropaceae (or Pyrolaceae): the yellow bird’s-nest ( Monotropa hypopitys) of north temperate regions, and the giant bird’s-nest ( Pterospora andromeda) of North America.
2. (also bird’s-nest fungus) — a Eurasian and North American fungus with a small bowl-shaped fruiting body that opens to reveal egg-shaped organs containing the spores.
●Family Nidulariaceae, class Gasteromycetes, including the common bird’s-nest ( Crucibulum laeve).