Bank martin
Martin Mar"tin, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin. Cf. {Martlet}.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows. [Written also {marten}.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{Bank martin}. (a) The bank swallow. See under {Bank}. (b) The fairy martin. See under {Fairy}.

{Bee martin}. (a) The purple martin. (b) The kingbird.

{Sand martin}, the bank swallow. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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