[ hi-ruhn-din, -dahyn ]
/ hɪˈrʌn dɪn, -daɪn /
of, relating to, or resembling the swallow.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of hirundine
1825–35; <Late Latin hirundineus of a swallow, equivalent to hirundin- (stem of hirundō) swallow + -eus adj. suffix; see -eous
Words nearby hirundine
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Example sentences from the Web for hirundine
Hirundine, hi-run′din, adj. of or pertaining to the swallow.
British Dictionary definitions for hirundine
/ (hɪˈrʌndɪn, -daɪn) /
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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