Definition of hirundine in English:

hirundine

noun

Ornithology
  • A songbird of the swallow family ("Hirundinidae").

    • ‘The house-martin is a socially monogamous and monomorphic hirundine.’
    • ‘In fact only during cool, wet or windy conditions will all the hirundines and the swift be found feeding together.’
    • ‘We have now investigated the selection pressures acting on tail morphology in a variety of hirundine species, and obtained highly consistent results.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin hirundo ‘swallow’ + -ine.

Pronunciation

hirundine

/-ˌdīn/