noun Date: circa 1890 any of various cave-dwelling swifts (genus Collocalia syn. Aerodramus) of Asia including one (C. fuciphaga) that produces the nest used in bird's nest soup

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  • Swiftlet — Swift let, n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small East Indian and Asiatic swifts of the genus {Collocalia}. Some of the species are noted for furnishing the edible bird s nest. See Illust. under {Edible}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swiftlet — Swiftlets Conservation status Least Concern (IUCN 3.1) Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • swiftlet — /swift lit/, n. any of several swifts of the genus Collocalia, of southeastern Asia, the East Indies, and Australia, certain species of which use saliva to construct nests, which are used in making bird s nest soup. [1890 95; SWIFT + LET] * * * ▪ …   Universalium

  • swiftlet — /ˈswɪftlət/ (say swiftluht) noun any of various small swifts of the genus Collocalia, as the white rumped swiftlet, C. spodiopygius, of north eastern Australia and south western Pacific islands. {swift + let} …   Australian English dictionary

  • swiftlet — salanganos statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Collocalia angl. swiftlet vok. Salangane, f rus. салангана, f pranc. salangane, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – salanganos siauresnis terminas – baltapilvė salangana siauresnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • swiftlet — noun Any of various tropical and subtropical birds of the four genera Aerodramus, Hydrochous, Schoutedenapus, and Collocalia in the swift family, many of which can navigate in darkness using echolocation …   Wiktionary

  • swiftlet — noun a small swift found in South Asia and Australasia. [Genera Aerodramus and Collocalia.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • swiftlet — swift·let …   English syllables

  • swiftlet — swift•let [[t]ˈswɪft lɪt[/t]] n. orn any swift of the genus Collocalia, of SE Asia, Indonesia, and Australia, certain species of which use saliva to construct nests, which are used in making bird s nest soup • Etymology: 1890–95 …   From formal English to slang

  • swiftlet — n. a small swift of the genus Collocalia …   Useful english dictionary

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