Definition of avian in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈeɪvɪən


Relating to birds: avian tuberculosis
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  • 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.


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A bird.
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  • 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.


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

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