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house martin

a small European swallow, Delichon urbica, that builds its nest under the eaves of houses.
Origin of house martin
First recorded in 1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Very frequently they appropriate the nest of the house martin.

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

    Auld Lang Syne Various
  • If a horse stopped for no ascertained reason or if a house martin fell they wondered what it portended.

British Dictionary definitions for house martin

house martin

a Eurasian swallow, Delichon urbica, with a slightly forked tail and a white and bluish-black plumage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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