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      n   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)  


house martin  
      n   a Eurasian swallow, Delichon urbica, with a slightly forked tail and a white and bluish-black plumage  
Martin  
      n  
1    Archer John Porter. born 1910, British biochemist; Nobel prize for chemistry 1952 (with Richard Synge; 1914--94) for developing paper chromatography (1944). He subsequently developed gas chromatography (1953)  
2      (French)   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)  
3    John. 1789--1854, British painter, noted for his visionary landscapes and large-scale works with biblical subjects  
4    Saint. called Saint Martin of Tours. ?316--?397 a.d., bishop of Tours (?371--?397); a patron saint of France. He furthered monasticism in Gaul. Feast day: Nov. 11 or 12  
Martin V  
      n   original name Oddone Colonna. 1368--1431, pope (1417--31). His election at the Council of Constance brought to an end the Great Schism  
Martin du Gard     (French)  
      n   Roger (rɔʒe). 1881--1958, French novelist, noted for his series of novels, Les Thibault (1922--40): Nobel prize for literature 1937  
Saint Martin  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Martin   an island in the E Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands: administratively divided since 1648, the north belonging to France (as a dependency of Guadeloupe) and the south belonging to the Netherlands (as part of the Netherlands Antilles); salt industry. Pop.: (French) 28518 (1990); (Dutch) 37256 (1994 est.). Areas: (French) 52 sq. km (20 sq. miles); (Dutch) 33 sq. km (13 sq. miles),   (Dutch name)    Sint Maarten  
Saint Martin's summer  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Martin's summer   a period of unusually warm weather in the late autumn, esp. early November  
     (referring to St Martin's feast-day, Oct. 31 in the pre-Gregorian calendar (now Nov. 11))  
sand martin  
      n   a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc.: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)  
San Martín     (Spanish)  
      n   José de (xo'se de). 1778--1850, South American patriot, who played an important part in gaining independence for Argentina, Chile, and Peru. He was protector of Peru (1821--22)  
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Martin  
      n  
1    Archer John Porter. born 1910, British biochemist; Nobel prize for chemistry 1952 (with Richard Synge; 1914--94) for developing paper chromatography (1944). He subsequently developed gas chromatography (1953)  
2      (French)   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)  
3    John. 1789--1854, British painter, noted for his visionary landscapes and large-scale works with biblical subjects  
4    Saint. called Saint Martin of Tours. ?316--?397 a.d., bishop of Tours (?371--?397); a patron saint of France. He furthered monasticism in Gaul. Feast day: Nov. 11 or 12  


house martin  
      n   a Eurasian swallow, Delichon urbica, with a slightly forked tail and a white and bluish-black plumage  
martin  
      n   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)  
Martin V  
      n   original name Oddone Colonna. 1368--1431, pope (1417--31). His election at the Council of Constance brought to an end the Great Schism  
Martin du Gard     (French)  
      n   Roger (rɔʒe). 1881--1958, French novelist, noted for his series of novels, Les Thibault (1922--40): Nobel prize for literature 1937  
Saint Martin  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Martin   an island in the E Caribbean, in the Leeward Islands: administratively divided since 1648, the north belonging to France (as a dependency of Guadeloupe) and the south belonging to the Netherlands (as part of the Netherlands Antilles); salt industry. Pop.: (French) 28518 (1990); (Dutch) 37256 (1994 est.). Areas: (French) 52 sq. km (20 sq. miles); (Dutch) 33 sq. km (13 sq. miles),   (Dutch name)    Sint Maarten  
Saint Martin's summer  
      n   usually abbreviated to   , St Martin's summer   a period of unusually warm weather in the late autumn, esp. early November  
     (referring to St Martin's feast-day, Oct. 31 in the pre-Gregorian calendar (now Nov. 11))  
sand martin  
      n   a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc.: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)  
San Martín     (Spanish)  
      n   José de (xo'se de). 1778--1850, South American patriot, who played an important part in gaining independence for Argentina, Chile, and Peru. He was protector of Peru (1821--22)  

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