bird's nest soup

noun

: a soup made with the nest of a swiftlet (especially Collocalia fuciphaga) that builds it using a glutinous secretion from its salivary glands

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As China's economy opened up to the world, the country's new wealth was conveyed on dining tables through luxury items such as shark's fin and bird's nest soup. Ben Westcott, CNN, 28 Aug. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bird's nest soup was in 1744

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“Bird's nest soup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bird%27s%20nest%20soup. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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