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purple martin

a large American swallow, Progne subis, the male of which is blue-black.
Origin of purple martin
An Americanism dating back to 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bank swallow also lays white eggs, as does the chimney swallow, the white-bellied swallow, and the purple martin.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • Let me tell you a story that shows the purple martin has a good deal of sense.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The purple martin belongs to this family; it is common in the South but rare in the Northern States.

    Endurance Test

    Alan Douglas
  • Not even the little house wren has adapted itself so quickly to civilised men's homes, as the swift and purple martin.

  • The nesting site of the purple martin has likewise been changed in a most radical fashion.

    The Bird Study Book

    Thomas Gilbert Pearson

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