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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of marine bivalves, having a pearly interior, allied to the pearl oyster; -- so called from a supposed resemblance of the typical species to a bird.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A little bird; hence, any ungrown bird; a nestling, fledgling, or chick.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.: in allusion to the wing-like expansion of the hinge.] In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks, typical of the family Aviculidœ; the wing-shells. A. hirundo is the type.

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  • Gossip in whispers, not boldly.
    (I hear that it's true, but don't hold me...)
    Cite no one particular -
    Your source is avicula.
    Just say that "a little bird told me."

    December 14, 2014