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sand martin

noun, British
the bank swallow.
Origin of sand martin
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The sand martin is mouse-coloured on the back and brownish-white below.

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  • 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

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
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