sand martin


nounBritish.
  1. the bank swallow.

Origin of sand martin

1
First recorded in 1660–70

Words Nearby sand martin

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How to use sand martin in a sentence

  • The sand-martin arrives much about the same time with the swallow, and lays, as she does, from four to six white eggs.

  • Later in the season its numbers are observed to be greatly increased, and it is joined by the Swift and sand martin.

  • Another inhabitant of the banks is the sand-martin, which also likes company in the work of raising a family.

  • There must be something in the climatic conditions of South India that suits neither this nor the other species of sand-martin.

    Jungle Folk | Douglas Dewar
  • The sand-martin, the house-martin's cousin, prefers the side of a cliff.

    The Children's Book of London | Geraldine Edith Mitton

British Dictionary definitions for sand martin

sand martin

noun
  1. a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)

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