American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large North American swallow (Progne subis) having glossy, blue-black plumage and, in the female, a light-colored breast.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. See under Martin.
- n. large North American martin of which the male is blue-black
“The purple martin is another bird belonging to our Western World, entirely different from the martin of Europe; it is a bird of wide range, however, over this continent, reaching from the Equator to the northern fur countries.”
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