from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of birds including the swallows and martins.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of swallows, typical of the family Hirundinidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Hirundinidae


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  • Dear Sir, -- The sand-martin, or bank-martin, is by much the least of any of the British hirundines, and as far as we have ever seen, the smallest known hirundo; though Brisson asserts that there is one much smaller, and that is the _hirundo esculenta_.

    The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2

  • Other colonial birds are the Neotropic cormorant Phalacrocorax olivaceus, black-necked cormorant Phalacrocorax magellanicus, great egret Casmerodius albus, black-crowned night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax and common tern Sterna hirundo.

    Península Valdés, Argentina

  • Punta Rasa is an important feeding and resting spot for many migratory bird species including Calidris canutus, C. Fuscicollis, Limosa haemastica, Pluvialis dominica, Charadrius falklandicus, and gaviotines (Sterna hirundo).

    Semi-arid Pampas

  • The park is a significant breeding site for harlequin duck Histrionicus histrionicus, blackpoll warbler Dendroica striata, common tern Sterna hirundo, and arctic tern S. paridisaea, a nesting site for bald eagle Haliaeetus leucocephala, rock ptarmigan Lagopus mutus and American tree sparrow Spizella arborea, and a stopover for migrating shore birds.

    Gros Morne National Park, Canada

  • Peregrini sunt imbres in terra et fluvii in mari Jupiter apud Aegyptos, sol apud omnes; hospes anima in corpore, luscinia in aere, hirundo in domo, Ganymedes coelo, &c. 3861.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • At caret insidijs hominum, quia mitis hirundo est,

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (6 of 8) The Sixt Booke of the Historie of England

  • La hirundo flugis trans la riveron, cxar trans la rivero sin trovis

    The Esperanto Teacher A Simple Course for Non-Grammarians

  • = The use of the third person adds to the emotive power of the tricolon 'ager ... hirundo ...

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • Nur la tendon de la regxo oni lasis tie, cxar la regxo diris ke gxi nun apartenas al la hirundo.

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto

  • La hirundo flugis ien, the swallow flew somewhere (in some direction).

    A Complete Grammar of Esperanto


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