[hi-ruhn-din, -dahyn]


of, relating to, or resembling the swallow.

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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of or resembling a swallow
belonging to the bird family Hirundinidae, which includes swallows and martins

Word Origin for hirundine

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