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house martin

noun
1.
a small European swallow, Delichon urbica, that builds its nest under the eaves of houses.
Origin of house martin
1760-1770
1760-70
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  • If a horse stopped for no ascertained reason or if a house martin fell they wondered what it portended.

  • This bird, besides its noted pugnacity, is an arrant rogue, and invariably takes advantage of the house martin's labour.

  • To the wall-like cliffs the house martin, Chelidon urbica, often attaches its mud-built cradle.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Very frequently they appropriate the nest of the house martin.

  • The house martin does not, like the chimney swallow, sweep the ground and water in its flight.

    Auld Lang Syne Various
British Dictionary definitions for house martin

house martin

noun
1.
a Eurasian swallow, Delichon urbica, with a slightly forked tail and a white and bluish-black plumage
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