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- adj. pertaining to a swallow
- n. a member of the swallow family
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Like or pertaining to the swallows.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the swallow; swallow-like; specifically, pertaining to the Hirundinidæ.
- n. A swallow; one of the Hirundinidæ.
We all rejoice that you have fixed the precise time of your coming to be cum hirundine prima; which we modern naturalists pronounce, ought to be reckoned, contrary to Pliny, in this northern latitude of fifty-two degrees, from the end of February, Styl.
Were the stragglers which I had for some time been watching, flying high, but well within easy ken, and these dense, hardly discernible clusters -- hirundine nebulæ, as it were -- were all these but parts of one innumerable host, the main body of which was passing far above me altogether unseen?
Helpers appear next day; and swashing to and fro, with animated, loud, long-drawn chirpings, and activity almost super-hirundine, complete it again before nightfall?
J FIND that you have laid aside your project of building in Ireland, and that we shall see you in this island cum xephyrisf et hirundine prima* I know not whether the love of fame increases as we advance in age; sure I am that the force of friendship does.
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