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[hi-ruhn-din, -dahyn]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling the swallow.
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Origin of hirundine

1825–35; < Late Latin hirundineus of a swallow, equivalent to hirundin- (stem of hirundō) swallow + -eus adj. suffix; see -eous
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  • Hirundine, hi-run′din, adj. of or pertaining to the swallow.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


British Dictionary definitions for hirundine


  1. of or resembling a swallow
  2. belonging to the bird family Hirundinidae, which includes swallows and martins
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Word Origin

C19: from Late Latin hirundineus, from Latin hirundō a swallow
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