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martin

[ mahr-tn ]
/ ˈmɑr tn /
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noun
any of several swallows having a deeply forked tail and long, pointed wings.
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Origin of martin

1425–75; late Middle English (Scots ) martoune; presumably generic use of the personal name (<French <Late Latin Martīnus), traditionally by association with March (Latin Mārtius), when the bird arrives, and Martinmas, when it leaves; though Middle English, Old French martinet has been applied to a variety of birds; compare French martin-pêcheur kingfisher

Other definitions for martin (2 of 2)

Martin
[ mahr-tn ]
/ ˈmɑr tn /

noun
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British Dictionary definitions for martin (1 of 2)

martin
/ (ˈmɑːtɪn) /

noun
any of various swallows of the genera Progne, Delichon, Riparia, etc, having a square or slightly forked tailSee also house martin

Word Origin for martin

C15: perhaps from St Martin, because the birds were believed to migrate at the time of Martinmas

British Dictionary definitions for martin (2 of 2)

Martin
/ (ˈmɑːtɪn) /

noun
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