sand martin

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sand martin swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sand martin the bank swallow.
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Usage

In literature:

Another inhabitant of the banks is the sand-martin, which also likes company in the work of raising a family.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
May 10th, Sand martins.
"The New North" by Agnes Deans Cameron
Professor Ansted includes the Sand Martin in his list, and marks it as occurring in Guernsey and Sark.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
Those were sand-martins, the smallest of our species of swallows.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
The sand-martins breed from October to May, consequently their nests, containing eggs or young, are frequently taken in March.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
The sand-martin arrives much about the same time with the swallow, and lays, as she does, from four to six white eggs.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2" by Gilbert White
Those were sand-martins, the smallest of our species of swallows.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The sand-martin, the house-martin's cousin, prefers the side of a cliff.
"The Children's Book of London" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
For the rest of day, Martin had fun, With the water, the waves, the sand and the sun.
"FreeChildrenStories.com Collection" by Daniel Errico
Even as Martin looked, the rifle cracked, and the sand spurted about the feet of the Jap sailor by the dingey.
"Fire Mountain" by Norman Springer
Sand-Martins used to find plenty of places to breed amongst the sand-drifts, and moreover do so still.
"Territory in Bird Life" by H. Eliot Howard
Yet the repeated exploration of the Sand Martin's burrows in this country, in winter, has produced no birds.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
Sand-martins were flying in and out of their round holes.
"Bevis" by Richard Jefferies
Martine made no further reply; her attention was fixed on a girl who was walking up from the sands past the end of the pavilion.
"Brenda's Ward" by Helen Leah Reed
Her sand houses were of more importance to her, and she had cried at times when Martin would not play with her.
"If Any Man Sin" by H. A. Cody
In the sides of the canons towns have been burrowed, and men have dwelt in them like sand-martins in a sand-bank.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
Where a brook cuts its way through a sand bank to reach the sea is an ideal nesting ground for a colony of sand martins.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
The Sand Martin is the smallest of the British swallows and it is the first to arrive.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
The word colonies is applicable to few British birds besides the Sand Martin.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Overhead fly sand-martins, brown-headed gulls, common terns and white-tailed eagles.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
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In poetry:

The boats, dismasted, gunwale to side,
Rest and forget the turmoil and spray;
A dreamless sleep, till to-morrow's tide
Slips from the sands of Martin's Bay.
"Christmas in Alurio" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts

In news:

Julian Sands, Jenna Malone, Michele Martin join Ibsen adaptation.
The Army has awarded a $353 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the seventh production lot of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary rockets, one of which is seen here during a test at White Sands Missile Riange in New Mexico.
Well into his 70s, Terry Martin could be found most days in his Dana Point workshop sanding blocks of polyurethane foam into precision-shaped surfboards .
Vulcan Materials has sued Martin Marietta in federal court, accusing the smaller gravel, sand and stone supplier of launching an illegal takeover attempt of Vulcan.
Vulcan Materials has sued Martin Marietta in federal court, accusing the smaller gravel, sand and stone supplier of launching an illegal takeover attempt of Vulcan .
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