Martin

Mar"tin

, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin. Cf. Martlet.] (Zol.) 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]

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.
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