bird's nest soup


Definition of bird's nest soup

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

Examples of bird's nest soup in a Sentence

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, "In authoritarian China, eating freely is a cherished activity. Now a food waste campaign wants to control meals, too," 28 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bird's nest soup

1744, in the meaning defined above

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31 Aug 2020

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“Bird's nest soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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