purple martin

noun

Definition of purple martin

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

Examples of purple martin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The retailer Wild Birds Unlimited is also a useful source of information on setting up and managing purple martin housing. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2021 By late June, your purple martin community will have produced their young for the year and the new and old generations will organize for their migration back to Brazil. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Feb. 2021 The purple martin young are emerging from their apartment nests. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 9 July 2020 Folks with houses for purple martins have reported visits by small groups of the interesting birds. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 27 Feb. 2020 Usually the purple martin will tolerate the intervention and the starling may leave. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 27 Feb. 2020 The purple martins that nested in the San Antonio area have assembled and begun their trip to South America for the winter. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 2 Aug. 2019 People who host purple martin colonies are taking action to keep their neighbors alive. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Apr. 2018 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, 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of purple martin

1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Purple martin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20martin. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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