Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A songbird of the swallow family ("Hirundinidae")
- ‘The house-martin is a socially monogamous and monomorphic hirundine.’
- ‘We have now investigated the selection pressures acting on tail morphology in a variety of hirundine species, and obtained highly consistent results.’
- ‘In fact only during cool, wet or windy conditions will all the hirundines and the swift be found feeding together.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin hirundo ‘swallow’ + -ine.
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.