Definition of house martin in English:

house martin

Line breaks: house mar¦tin

noun

  • A black-and-white Eurasian songbird of the swallow family, often building its mud nest on the walls of buildings.
    • Genus Delichon, family Hirundinidae: three species, in particular the widespread D. urbica
    More example sentences
    • In dry conditions when wet mud is difficult to obtain swallows will take over old nests of other birds including house martins and blackbirds.
    • Even more resourceful are house martins nesting on ships.
    • These woodpeckers have also regularly attacked colonies of nesting house martins by clinging to the side of the inverted mud dome and chipping away a hold.

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