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a bird that resembles and is closely related to the swallow
Not to be confused with:
marten – a carnivore of the genus Martes of northern wooded areas
Any of various swallows, such as the house martin or the purple martin.
[Middle English martoune, probably from the name Martin.]
(Animals) any of various swallows of the genera Progne, Delichon, Riparia, etc, having a square or slightly forked tail. See also house martin
[C15: perhaps from St Martin, because the birds were believed to migrate at the time of Martinmas]
1. (Biography) Archer John Porter. 1910–2002, British biochemist; Nobel prize for chemistry 1952 (with Richard Synge; 1914–94) for developing paper chromatography (1944). He subsequently developed gas chromatography (1953)
2. (Biography) Chris(topher Anthony John). born 1977, English rock musician; lead singer of Coldplay
3. (Biography) Frank. 1890–1974, Swiss composer. He used a modified form of the twelve-note technique in some of his works, which include Petite Symphonie Concertante (1946) and the oratorio Golgotha (1949)
4. (Biography) Sir George (Henry). born 1926, British record producer and arranger, noted for his work with the Beatles
5. (Biography) John. 1789–1854, British painter, noted for his visionary landscapes and large-scale works with biblical subjects
6. (Biography) Michael (John). Baron. born 1945, Scottish Labour politician; speaker of the House of Commons (2000–09)
7. (Biography) Paul (Edgar Philippe). born 1938, Canadian Liberal politician; prime minister of Canada (2003–06)
8. (Biography) Saint. called Saint Martin of Tours. ?316–?397 ad, bishop of Tours (?371–?397); a patron saint of France. He furthered monasticism in Gaul. Feast day: Nov 11 or 12
9. (Biography) Steve(n). born 1945, US film actor and comedian; his films include The Jerk (1979), Roxanne (1987), and Bowfinger) (1999)
any of various swallows having a wedge-shaped or notched tail.
[1425–75; presumably generic use of the personal name traditionally by association with March (Latin Mārtius), when the bird arrives, and Martinmas, when it leaves]
1. Archer John Porter, born 1910, English biochemist: Nobel prize 1952..
2. Homer Dodge, 1836–97, U.S. painter.
3. Saint, A.D. 316?–397, French prelate: bishop of Tours 370?–397.
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|Noun||1.||Martin - French bishop who is a patron saint of France (died in 397)|
|2.||Martin - United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)|
|3.||Martin - United States actress (1913-1990)|
|4.||Martin - United States singer (1917-1995)|
|5.||martin - any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas|
swallow - small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
Delichon urbica, house martin - common small European martin that builds nests under the eaves of houses
bank martin, bank swallow, Riparia riparia, sand martin - swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
martin[ˈmɑːrtɪn] n (also house martin) → martinet m
n → Schwalbe f