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1. (also -măn′) One, such as an ornithologist, who works with birds.
2. Slang An aviator.
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(ˈbɜːdˌmæn; -mən)
n, pl -men
1. a man concerned with birds, such as a fowler or ornithologist
2. a man who attempts to fly using his own muscle power
3. (Military) an obsolete informal name for airman
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(ˈbɜrdˌmæn, -mən)

n., pl. -men (-ˌmɛn, -mən)
1. a person who keeps or watches birds.
2. Informal. aviator.
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