Definition of hirundine in English:

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hirundine

Pronunciation: /hiˈrəndin/ /-ˌdīn/

noun

Ornithology
A songbird of the swallow family (Hirundinidae).
Example sentences
  • In fact only during cool, wet or windy conditions will all the hirundines and the swift be found feeding together.
  • The house-martin is a socially monogamous and monomorphic hirundine.
  • We have now investigated the selection pressures acting on tail morphology in a variety of hirundine species, and obtained highly consistent results.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin hirundo 'swallow' + -ine1.

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Syllabification: hir·un·dine

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