Definition of purple martin in US English:

purple martin


  • A large American martin with plumage that is mainly purplish-blue.

    Progne subis, family Hirundinidae

    • ‘It is also a good place for bird watching; call ahead to book a guided bird walk, where you might see tree swallows, red-winged blackbirds, egrets, herons, warblers, purple martins, and mocking birds.’
    • ‘Other swallows include barn swallows, cliff swallows, and purple martins.’
    • ‘Some of those species include bluebirds, robins, titmice, chickadees, nuthatches, wrens, tree and barn swallows, purple martins, owls, flycatchers, and woodpeckers.’
    • ‘Being social birds, purple martins prefer apartments rather than individual dwellings.’
    • ‘A more pleasant form of prevention is available through the erection of a birdhouse to attract purple martins.’


purple martin

/ˈpərpəl ˈmärtn/