AskDefine | Define hirundine

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English

Etymology

From Latin hirundo ‘swallow’.

Pronunciation

IPA: /hɪ'ɹʌndʌɪn/

Adjective

hirundine
  1. pertaining to a swallow

Noun

hirundine
  1. a member of the swallow family
    • 1973: ‘…and so, gentlemen, I believe I may confidently state that the hibernation of swallows, and of all other hirundines, is conclusively proved,’ said Mr Lamb, with a defiant glare at his audience. — Patrick O'Brian, HMS Surprise
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