Definition of avian in English:

avian

adjective

  • Relating to birds:

    ‘avian tuberculosis’
    • ‘This recent and exciting discovery is important in understanding avian origins and ancestry.’
    • ‘Ambient temperature is commonly thought to influence avian incubation behavior.’
    • ‘Vocalizations during the breeding season, such as song, are common among males of most avian taxa.’
    • ‘This bird was an escapee of some manner of avian imprisonment, maybe a zoo.’
    • ‘Some parts seem to be like bird or avian viruses, while other bits are similar to bovine or murine viruses.’
    • ‘Ostrom introduced the cursorial predator hypothesis of the origin of avian flight.’
    • ‘We suspect that many losses after emergence were due to avian predators.’
    • ‘Within each nesting block, we tallied the number of avian nest predators observed.’
    • ‘For more information, see our new exhibits on vertebrate flight and avian flight.’
    • ‘There are probably as many bird phylogenies as there are avian taxonomists.’
    • ‘According to friends, he enjoys making avian analogies between rare birds and his political allies and enemies.’
    • ‘The only bird or avian species we know of is the so-called humble chicken.’
    • ‘When the animal is active on land, circulation approaches the mammalian or avian condition.’
    • ‘The unguarded chicks and eggs are easy prey for gulls and other avian predators.’
    • ‘Detailed information on spacing behavior of avian nest predators is lacking for my study plots.’
    • ‘A site with a much broader approach to avian information is the Mangoverde World Bird Guide.’
    • ‘We could not identify avian predators to species level from egg damage.’
    • ‘This applies to explanations for the evolutionary origin of avian feathers and avian flight.’
    • ‘A giant flightless bird like the dodo is on the extreme end of avian evolution.’
    • ‘In Germany more than a hundred wild birds have died of avian influenza, most of them on Rügen.’

noun

  • A bird.

    • ‘Armed with binoculars, they went in search of avians.’
    • ‘The kingdom of unloved avians is ruled by the trash triumvirate: House Sparrow, European Starling, and Rock Pigeon.’
    • ‘In describing warblers, as I do so lovingly, one can draw upon words like avifauna, avians, birds, songbirds, beautiful birds, and, of course, warblers.’
    • ‘His stony gaze fixed upon the war-wagon; the chirps and squawks of the meadow birds and the cries of the avians of prey were overwhelmed by the grinding of the trail-wheels.’
    • ‘He's not just talking about pigeons and sparrows either; kiwis, ostriches, penguins, and rare flightless parrots are just a handful of the exotic avians featured in this series.’
    • ‘Amazing writers, naturalists, and enthusiasts from all over the world have submitted some of their favorite blog posts relating to the interaction between humans and avians and compiled them here for your reading pleasure.’
    • ‘Over time, songbirds like the robin and other prized avians, including bald eagles and peregrine falcons, ingested enough contaminated prey that they died of DDT poisoning.’
    • ‘Fear that most of the seasonal birds had flown was unfounded, as Harlequin Ducks had been reported recently along with an array of equally enticing avians.’
    • ‘We need to better understand how all avians (birds and bats) interact with turbines so we can choose better locations for future turbines.’
    • ‘Griffons were pony-sized, quadrupedal avians with such a reputation for savagery that they had been banned from all the Northern mountain provinces.’
    • ‘While we've encountered quite a few bird bloggers on the web, avians aren't the only critters being blogged about.’
    • ‘A seminar at Edinburgh University's veterinary center focuses on educating people on the correct way of interacting with highly-strung avians from macaws to budgies.’
    • ‘It's been known for some time that birds are descended from dinosaurs, with Archaeopteryx representing one strong link between avians and antiquity.’
    • ‘They say too many opportunities exist for close contact between humans and avians, making accidental infection possible.’
    • ‘Until recently, feathers were the quintessential feature of avians, associated only with flight.’
    • ‘Similarities between primates and avians could be more attributable to homology than to convergence.’
    • ‘This time of year is ideal for spotting certain boreal or arctic avians in the Northeast United States, thanks to the combination of low temperatures and fallen leaves.’
    • ‘UK ornithologists are able to keep track of these aged avians because the birds are banded, or in British vernacular, ringed.’
    • ‘Many avians are omnivorous and appreciate the kind of high-quality protein provided by bugs on the wing.’
    • ‘Following is a complete listing of the endangered avians.’

Origin

Late 19th century: from Latin avis bird + -an.

Pronunciation:

avian

/ˈeɪvɪən/