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

Examples of avian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An outbreak of avian flu caused a shortage of eggs, the price of which soared. Jonathan Swan, New York Times, 8 June 2024 Dairy cows with avian flu have died or been slaughtered by farmers after not recovering , Reuters reporting found. Michael Johnson, Twin Cities, 6 June 2024 Advertisement The avian flu, which saw a North American resurgence beginning in February 2022, is believed to have jumped from wild birds to dairy cows late last year. Susanne Rust, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2024 Some price increases were attributed to the avian flu upending the egg and poultry industries. Samantha Gowen, Orange County Register, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for avian 

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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 20 Jun. 2024.

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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