chelidon urbica


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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Swallow \Swal"low\, n. [OE. swalowe, AS. swalewe, swealwe; akin
   to D. zwaluw, OHG. swalawa, G. schwalbe, Icel. & Sw. svala,
   Dan. svale.]
   1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of
      the family Hirundinidae, especially one of those species
      in which the tail is deeply forked. They have long,
      pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and
      gracefulness of their flight.
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   Note: The most common North American species are the barn
         swallow (see under Barn), the cliff, or eaves,
         swallow (see under Cliff), the white-bellied, or
         tree, swallow (Tachycineta bicolor), and the bank
         swallow (see under Bank). The common European swallow
         (Chelidon rustica), and the window swallow, or martin
         (Chelidon urbica), are familiar species.
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   2. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of swifts which
      resemble the true swallows in form and habits, as the
      common American chimney swallow, or swift.
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   3. (Naut.) The aperture in a block through which the rope
      reeves. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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   Swallow plover (Zool.), any one of several species of
      fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus Glareola, as
      Glareola orientalis of India; a pratincole.

   Swallow shrike (Zool.), any one of several species of East
      Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidae,
      allied to the shrikes but similar to swallows in
      appearance and habits. The ashy swallow shrike ({Artamus
      fuscus}) is common in India.

   Swallow warbler (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
      East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus
      Dicaeum. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
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