purple martin


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An average North American purple martin eats about 20,000 insects each year, with the whole species devouring about 412 billion bugs per year. Discover Magazine, 6 May 2014 Such species include the scarlet tanager, purple martin and Baltimore oriole. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2022 Refreshments will be available, and, a drawing will be held for two purple martin bird houses to be given away. cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 An effective strategy is to put up a purple martin apartment complex on a pole about 14 feet in the air in an open part of your yard. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of purple martin was in 1731

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“Purple martin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purple%20martin. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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