follow Dictionary.com

Hone in vs. home in? What's the difference?

sand martin

noun, British
1.
the bank swallow.
Origin of sand martin
1660-1670
1660-70
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for sand martin
Historical Examples
  • The sand martin is mouse-coloured on the back and brownish-white below.

    Auld Lang Syne Various
  • Later in the season its numbers are observed to be greatly increased, and it is joined by the Swift and sand martin.

British Dictionary definitions for sand martin

sand martin

noun
1.
a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for sand martin

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for sand

5
6
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for sand martin