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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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  • Perhaps the word "build" is scarcely the right one, inasmuch as the nest is even more simple than that of the sand-martin.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • The sand-martin, the house-martin's cousin, prefers the side of a cliff.

    The Children's Book of London Geraldine Edith Mitton
  • The sand-martin arrives much about the same time with the swallow, and lays, as she does, from four to six white eggs.

  • The sand-martin has several broods in the year, and is more regular than other Hirundinidae in its departure for the south.

  • The Indian sand-martin (Cotile sinensis) is, I believe, the smallest of the swallow tribe.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
  • Another inhabitant of the banks is the sand-martin, which also likes company in the work of raising a family.

  • There must be something in the climatic conditions of South India that suits neither this nor the other species of sand-martin.

    Jungle Folk Douglas Dewar
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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