house martin definition

  • noun:
    • a classic World bird (Delichon urbica) having blue-black plumage, white rump and underparts, and a forked tail. Also called martlet.
    • A migratory passerine bird associated with the swallow household, Delichon urbicum.
    • a standard European swallow (Hirundo urbica). It offers feathered legs, and builds its nests of mud contrary to the walls of buildings. Called in addition residence swallow, and window martin.
    • typical little European martin that creates nests underneath the eaves of homes
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