1. [syn: bank martin, bank swallow, sand martin, Riparia riparia]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Martin \Mar"tin\, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin.
Cf. Martlet.] (Zool.)
One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail
less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.
[Written also marten.]
Note: The American purple martin, or bee martin (Progne
subis or Progne purpurea), and the European house
martin, or window martin (Hirundo urbica or
Chelidon urbica), are the best known species.
(a) The bank swallow. See under Bank.
(b) The fairy martin. See under Fairy.
(a) The purple martin.
(b) The kingbird.
Sand martin, the bank swallow.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels
dug in clay or sand banks [syn: bank martin, bank
swallow, sand martin, Riparia riparia]