purple martin

noun

Definition of purple martin 

: a large swallow (Progne subis) of North America the males of which have glossy purplish-blue plumage

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Other sightings around the Cape included a worm-eating warbler in the Mashpee River woodlands, an alder flycatcher in South Truro, and five purple martins at Wellfleet Bay sanctuary. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018 By the middle of May, there are usually more than 100 purple martins at Nikolai's colony. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Robins, purple martins and other birds in peril from weekend snowstorm," 17 Apr. 2018

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1731, in the meaning defined above

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