Definition of edible-nest swiftlet in English:

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edible-nest swiftlet

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A small Asian swift whose nest, constructed from solidified saliva, is used to make Chinese bird’s-nest soup.
  • Genus Aerodramus (or Collocalia), family Apodidae: two species.
Example sentences
  • When he reached the entrance, he saw thousands of edible-nest swiftlets nesting in the cave's dark recesses.
  • The nest of one species, the edible-nest swiftlet (C. fuciphaga), is composed almost entirely of concentric layers of this salivary cement.
  • The most highly valued are the nests from the Edible-nest Swiftlet (A. fuciphaga).

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