- a small European swallow, Delichon urbica, that builds its nest under the eaves of houses.
Origin of house martin
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for house martin
They dip and wash as they fly sometimes, like the house-martin and swallow.
The sand-martin, the house-martin's cousin, prefers the side of a cliff.The Children's Book of London
Geraldine Edith Mitton
The house-martin's nest is more elaborate than the swallow's.The Adventures of a Grain of Dust
Undoubtedly they breed a second time, like the house-martin and swallow; and withdraw about Michaelmas.
Instead of the clay-built nest of the house-martin, this bird bores horizontal galleries in an escarpment.
- a Eurasian swallow, Delichon urbica, with a slightly forked tail and a white and bluish-black plumage
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