bank martin


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Martin \Mar"tin\, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin.
   Cf. Martlet.] (Zool.)
   One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail
   less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.
   [Written also marten.]
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   Note: The American purple martin, or bee martin ({Progne
         subis} or Progne purpurea), and the European {house
         martin}, or window martin (Hirundo urbica or
         Chelidon urbica), are the best known species.
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   Bank martin.
   (a) The bank swallow. See under Bank.
   (b) The fairy martin. See under Fairy.

   Bee martin.
   (a) The purple martin.
   (b) The kingbird.

   Sand martin, the bank swallow.
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