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

Definition of avian

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

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Wisconsin, with its many lakes and forests, has played a leading role in the species' comeback in the lower 48 states, said Sumner Matteson, a DNR avian ecologist for the last 38 years. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Our national symbol is a soaring conservation success story," 3 July 2019 Almost immediately after it was unveiled with great fanfare by National Geographic, however, the fossil was revealed as a fake, made by combining the bones of a primitive bird with those of a non-avian dinosaur. Lukas Rieppel, WSJ, "The Problem With Buying Dinosaurs," 21 June 2019 Here, the northern fur seals number more than half a million strong, and avian species include horned and tufted puffins, red-legged kittiwakes, and crested auklets. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Bering and Chukchi Seas," 26 Mar. 2019 Safely behind fencing, the cassowaries stalk around their green habitat, displaying their red and blue wattles and piercing light brown avian eyes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Roos, geese, and a blue-tongued lizard: Behind the scenes at San Diego Zoo Safari Park," 8 June 2019 In the 1990s, avian flu swept through Asia, crimping what had been emerging economies and U.S. agricultural markets. Lynn Brezosky, ExpressNews.com, "Trade war with China is hitting Texas grain farmers," 6 June 2019 In 1962 Eero Saarinen revolutionized architecture with his TWA Flight Center, an avian—or maybe alien—shape looming over the the outskirts of John F. Kennedy (then called Idlewild) airport. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Louis Vuitton Wants to Turn Your Bag Into a TV," 9 May 2019 Hummingbirds weren’t the only avian fashion victims. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Fashion’s Glorification—and Devastation—of Nature," 20 Apr. 2018 Many of the avian species around the Bay breed on or close to the ground, and the cats prey on them at their most vulnerable moments — sitting on their eggs or caring for their young. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "As Google Feeds Cats, Owl Lovers Cry Foul," 26 May 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

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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