avian

adjective
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 Early laboratory tests of a dozen samples sent from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory have so far ruled out avian flu and West Nile virus. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 9 Sep. 2021 The creek feeding the popular feature has run dry, and managers don’t want stagnant water to become a hotbed for avian disease. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2021 Early laboratory tests of a dozen samples sent from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory have so far ruled out avian flu and West Nile virus. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 8 July 2021 In 2015, 38 million chickens, ducks, and turkeys had to be slaughtered in Iowa because of avian flu. Nicola Twille, Wired, 6 July 2021 Birds migrating are often confused by large buildings and lights during nightfall, which is why Bush wrote to the Dallas paper urging Texans to help our avian friends. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 17 Mar. 2021 Although the asteroid that struck the planet 66 million years ago wiped out Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, new research asserts that environmental degradation of dinosaur groups had begun long before the historic event. Julia Musto, Fox News, 3 July 2021 The authors believe that the global climate cooling during the Late Cretaceous may have contributed to the non-avian dinosaurs. Chris Smith, BGR, 3 July 2021 Non-avian dinosaurs were already in decline some 10 million years before the asteroid impact that ended their reign over the planet 66 million years ago, according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature Communications. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2021

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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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18 Sep 2021

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“Avian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avian. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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avian

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of avian

: of or relating to birds

avian

adjective
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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