Definition of avian
: of, relating to, or derived from birds avian behavior avian species
Recent Examples of avian from the Web
These avian drumming acts, some lasting up to 30 minutes, may shed light on how humans began producing rhythms, the scientists said.
In 2015, an avian influenza outbreak forced farmers to destroy millions of birds and prices skyrocketed.
This is the second year Summerfest is bringing classical chamber music to the Fringe Festival, and this year there’s an avian theme.
Even though all non-avian dinosaurs hatched from eggs and grew over the course of years, the most common depictions of dinosaurs – from museums to movies – are adult animals who are often the biggest representatives of the species.
For example, bird nests are objects that are somehow encoded in the avian genome.
Nabarro has had years of experience dealing with outbreaks and crises for the United Nations, including avian flu, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and Ebola.
The closest comparable structures had only been seen in avian dinosaurs – birds – and other theropods.
Symptoms of avian influenza, also known as bird flu, include fever, cough, sore throat and sometimes pneumonia.
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Origin and Etymology of avian
First Known Use: 1861See Words from the same year
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Definition of avian for English Language Learners
: of or relating to birds
Medical Definition of avian
: of, relating to, or derived from birds
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