avian

adjective

avi·​an ˈā-vē-ən How to pronounce avian (audio)
: of, relating to, or derived from birds
avian behavior
avian species
see also avian dinosaur

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web If avian audience members are paying attention, they can potentially be manipulated to serve one’s interests. Lee Alan Dugatkin, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2023 Colombia is renowned for its spectacular avian biodiversity, with more than 1,900 species recorded within its borders—and for those wishing to spot some of the most elusive birds in the nation, a trip to the Sierra Nevada is certainly in order. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 This is the first time that a non-avian theropod -- a type of carnivorous dinosaur that walked on two legs -- was discovered with a streamlined body similar to some birds, according to the researchers. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 1 Dec. 2022 Mosaic evolution has since become a central motif for understanding avian origins and diversification. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Egg prices are hitting records, driven by an avian-influenza outbreak that has killed tens of millions of chickens and turkeys this year across nearly all 50 states. Jaewon Kang And Patrick Thomas, WSJ, 22 Dec. 2022 The Mumbai region appears to be an important stop on the Central Asian Flyway, a migratory avian route between the Arctic and Indian Oceans, says Prabhu. Vaishnavi Chandrashekhar, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 Hitchcock rendered for his avian thriller; that was achieved on a soundstage at Universal Studios, with backdrops used to place the actors in Bodega Bay. Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 21 Dec. 2022 After all, these storms can cause massive avian mortality. Jesse Greenspan, Scientific American, 12 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Latin avis

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of avian was in 1861

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Cite this Entry

“Avian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avian. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

avian

adjective
avi·​an ˈā-vē-ən How to pronounce avian (audio)
: of, relating to, or derived from birds

Medical Definition

avian

adjective
avi·​an ˈā-vē-ən How to pronounce avian (audio)
: of, relating to, or derived from birds

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