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a combining form meaning “bird,” used in the formation of compound words:
Contemporary Examples

The full document is quoted in a new book by avi Raz, The Bride and the Dowry, complete with the typing errors I then made.
My Father’s Peace Proposal Raja Shehadeh November 8, 2012

Major General avi Zamir was so peeved that he reportedly called a boycott of Refaeli-endorsed products.
Bar Refaeli In Trouble With Israeli Army Claire Stern March 20, 2013

Homefront Defense Minister avi Dichter blasts Tzipi Livni, says her “resume doesn’t include one decision she has made.”
Americans In Israel Have Mitt’s Back Orly Halpern November 6, 2012

More recently, a dispute between him and Paperboy producer avi Lerner, which yielded mutual accusations of racism, went viral.
Lee Daniels: Cannes Film Festival’s Mischief Maker Richard Porton May 26, 2012

Former prison librarian avi Steinberg humbly offers his list of what she should read.
Lindsay Lohan’s Jailhouse Reading List Avi Steinberg July 21, 2010

Historical Examples

I will try to run to avi-‘itšôrinyêne and there I will be free.
Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber

The termination “avi,” “avia,” must then be the same as “ovia” (see p. 94).
In Northern Mists (Volume 1 of 2) Fridtjof Nansen

The army in Gaul saluted their general, avi’tus, emperor, and the Roman senate and people at first acquiesced in the choice.
Pinnock’s Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith’s History of Rome Oliver Goldsmith

We now began industriously to collect material for a knowledge of the avi- and mammal-fauna of the region.
The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II A.E. Nordenskieold

Then, when she came to avi-‘itšôrinyêne, she threw the bone up, and they all stopped.
Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber

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  • 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 […]

  • Avian diphtheria

    fowl pox. a virus disease of chickens and other birds characterized by warty excrescences on the comb and wattles, and often by diphtherialike changes in the mucous membranes of the head.

  • 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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