from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A little bird; hence, any ungrown bird; a nestling, fledgling, or chick.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.: in allusion to the wing-like expansion of the hinge.] In conchology, a genus of bivalve mollusks, typical of the family Aviculidœ; the wing-shells. A. hirundo is the type.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of marine bivalves, having a pearly interior, allied to the pearl oyster; -- so called from a supposed resemblance of the typical species to a bird.


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    December 14, 2014