Avian



of or relating to birds.
Contemporary Examples

These men are like avian pied pipers” who lure problem birds out of the trees and “send them spiraling over the sloughs.
Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast February 11, 2011

This is a worrisome phenomenon, especially as major health threats like avian and swine flu grow in importance.
U.S. Debunks Autism Myth Adam Winkler March 12, 2010

“Vicious pecking, avian hysteria, mysterious deaths, and even cannibalism” are the results, he writes.
The History of the Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity William O’Connor December 26, 2014

Now comes the perfect storm of avian, swine, and human flu, just in time for a national health plan.
Obama as Muhammad Ali Kathleen Parker April 28, 2009

You were commended after the avian flu pandemic for your ability to forge such close friendships with international leaders.
Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter Abby Haglage September 25, 2014

Historical Examples

He evidently subserves some useful purpose in the avian community, or he would not be treated with so much consideration.
Our Bird Comrades Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser

All the colours of the rainbow appear in our avian population.
Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar

They are not ashamed to introduce their unmelodious calls into the avian chorus.
A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar

And how is it with the other states that number the wood-duck in their avian faunas?
Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday

This species was third in abundance there, adults constituting 15 per cent of the avian population.
Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska James W. Bee

adjective
of, relating to, or resembling a bird
adj.

“pertaining to birds,” 1870, from Latin avis “bird” (see aviary) + -an.

avian a·vi·an (ā’vē-ən)
adj.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of birds.
avian
(ā’vē-ən)
Relating to birds.

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  • Avian influenza

    an acute, usually fatal viral disease of chickens and other domestic and wild birds except pigeons, characterized by sudden onset of symptoms including fever, swollen head and neck, bluish-black comb and wattle, and difficult respiration. noun See bird flu



  • Avian flu

    noun another name for bird flu Contemporary Examples You were commended after the avian flu pandemic for your ability to forge such close friendships with international leaders. Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter Abby Haglage September 25, 2014 noun See bird flu

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