from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large North American swallow (Progne subis) having glossy, blue-black plumage and, in the female, a light-colored breast.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See under Martin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large North American martin of which the male is blue-black
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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.