avi·​an | \ ˈā-vē-ən How to pronounce avian (audio) \

Definition of avian

: 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 When the virtual Chicxulub impact dimmed sunlight by 15 percent or more, no habitat anywhere on Earth could support non-avian dinosaurs. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Volcanoes may have helped life bounce back after dinosaur-killing asteroid strike," 29 June 2020 Although edible handouts were outlawed within city limits in 2006, Keene was granted an exemption and continued providing meals to her avian friends until her passing in 2009. Brad Japhe, Travel + Leisure, "How to See Whales, Bears, Eagles and More Incredible Wildlife in Alaska," 14 June 2020 Through public records requests to the Guam Department of Agriculture, the AWA claim to have obtained nearly 2,500 pages of avian shipping records dated November 2016 to September 2019. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Animal group: Worldwide cockfighting trade has roots in Alabama," 11 June 2020 The birds, which are native to the islands along Africa’s southwestern coast, are endangered because of overfishing, avian malaria and oil spills. Ananya Panchal, SFChronicle.com, "California Academy of Sciences has San Francisco’s most beautiful yoga class," 4 June 2020 Tykee James is the Government Affairs Coordinator for the National Audubon Society in Washington, DC, the gold standard for avian conservation and advocacy. Aj Willingham, CNN, "In a time of sorrow, black joy needs to be seen as much as black pain. These scientists are showing it, with birds," 3 June 2020 Every so often, a company claims to be just two or three years away from the perfect avian vehicle. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Tired of Waiting, So It's Kickstarting the Flying Car Industry," 30 Apr. 2020 Scientists estimate that 3 out of 4 new or emerging infectious diseases in people come from animals, including many of the worst diseases humans have faced in recent years: SARS, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, MERS, avian flus and COVID-19. Los Angeles Times, "Why China’s wildlife ban is not enough to stop another virus outbreak," 2 Apr. 2020 This change has led to the emergence of several zoonotic diseases, from Ebola to avian and swine influenzas and several coronaviruses. Stacey Mckenna, Scientific American, "Human Viruses Can Jump into Animals, Too—Sowing the Seeds of Future Epidemics," 20 May 2020

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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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The first known use of avian was in 1861

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7 Jul 2020

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“Avian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avian. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of avian

technical : of or relating to birds


avi·​an | \ ˈā-vē-ən How to pronounce avian (audio) \

Medical Definition of avian

: of, relating to, or derived from birds

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