avian

[ ey-vee-uh n ]
/ ˈeɪ vi ən /

adjective

of or relating to birds.

Nearby words

  1. avf,
  2. avg.,
  3. avgas,
  4. avgolemono,
  5. avi-,
  6. avian flu,
  7. avian influenza,
  8. avian leukosis-sarcoma complex,
  9. avian pneumoencephalitis,
  10. avianize

Origin of avian

First recorded in 1865–70; avi- + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for avian

avian

/ (ˈeɪvɪən) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a bird

Word Origin for avian

C19: from Latin avis bird

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Word Origin and History for avian

avian

adj.

"pertaining to birds," 1870, from Latin avis "bird" (see aviary) + -an.

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Medicine definitions for avian

avian

[ āvē-ən ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or characteristic of birds.

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Science definitions for avian

avian

[ āvē-ən ]

Relating to birds.
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