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hirundo esculenta

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  • Just as the adjectives hirundine and hirudine shouldn't be confused.

    Which would be more unpleasant - to swallow a leech, or to leech a swallow?

    March 5, 2008

  • Not to be confused with Hirudo esculenta, the edible leech.

    March 5, 2008

  • "'I found the edible-nest swallow! Hirundo esculenta, the bird's-nest soup swallow! Colonies of them, several thousand strong, on those cliffs from which I saw you. In the depths of those caves their nests lie in rows. Little small grey birds they are, not three inches long, but true swallows and even swifter than ours; and their nests are almost white.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Thirteen Gun Salute, 310

    March 5, 2008