Definition of avian in English:

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avian

Pronunciation: /ˈeɪvɪən/

adjective

Relating to birds: avian tuberculosis
More example sentences
  • The unguarded chicks and eggs are easy prey for gulls and other avian predators.
  • Detailed information on spacing behavior of avian nest predators is lacking for my study plots.
  • We suspect that many losses after emergence were due to avian predators.

noun

A bird.
Example sentences
  • In describing warblers, as I do so lovingly, one can draw upon words like avifauna, avians, birds, songbirds, beautiful birds, and, of course, warblers.
  • UK ornithologists are able to keep track of these aged avians because the birds are banded, or in British vernacular, ringed.
  • While we've encountered quite a few bird bloggers on the web, avians aren't the only critters being blogged about.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin avis 'bird' + -an.

Words that rhyme with avian

Batavian, Flavian, Moldavian, Moravian, Octavian, Scandinavian, Shavian

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