avi·​an | \ˈā-vē-ən \

Definition of avian 

: of, relating to, or derived from birds avian behavior avian species

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But where did this avian metaphor come from in the first place? Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How ‘Lame Duck’ Flew From the Stock Market to Politics," 30 Nov. 2018 That the world’s waterways are overwhelmed with plastic debris that breaks down into microscopic beads, killing off sea and avian life at a terrifying rate. Steve Friess, SELF, "Why Environmentalist Lizzie Carr Is Paddleboarding 170 Miles Down the Hudson River," 7 Sep. 2018 The area has a surprisingly rich biodiversity of avian species, even attracting bald eagles in winter. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 In it, Vernon tries hard to entertain a new blue avian friend, unaware that Bird is not sentient but rather a wooden cuckoo fallen from a clock. New York Times, "Brief Tales for New Readers and Little Listeners From Philip Stead and More," 29 June 2018 Small backyard farms and family farms were nearly all unaffected by avian flu, prompting some to call it essentially a problem of industrial poultry practices. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "How 3.4 million chickens drowned in Hurricane Florence," 24 Sep. 2018 The business also suffered from an avian-flu outbreak. Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "Yum China Rejects Private Buyout Offer at $46 a Share," 28 Aug. 2018 The variety and numbers of avian life is overwhelming. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 Four goslings hatched, just the first wave in an avian population boom. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Duck, duck, geese: It’s the time of year when waterways are full of water birds," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of avian

1861, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avian

Latin avis

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English Language Learners Definition of avian

: of or relating to birds


avi·​an | \ˈā-vē-ən \

Medical Definition of avian 

: of, relating to, or derived from birds

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a nest or breeding place

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