One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small Asian swift whose nest, constructed from solidified saliva, is used to make Chinese bird's-nest soup.
Genus Aerodramus (or Collocalia), family Apodidae: two species
- ‘When he reached the entrance, he saw thousands of edible-nest swiftlets nesting in the cave's dark recesses.’
- ‘The most highly valued are the nests from the Edible-nest Swiftlet (A. fuciphaga).’
- ‘The nest of one species, the edible-nest swiftlet (C. fuciphaga), is composed almost entirely of concentric layers of this salivary cement.’
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