Definition of Swiftlet

1. Noun. Swift of eastern Asia; produces the edible bird's nest.

Exact synonyms: Collocalia Inexpectata
Generic synonyms: Swift
Group relationships: Collocalia, Genus Collocalia
Derivative terms: Swift



Definition of Swiftlet

1. n. Any one of numerous species of small East Indian and Asiatic swifts of the genus Collocalia. Some of the species are noted for furnishing the edible bird's nest. See Illust. under Edible.

Definition of Swiftlet

1. Noun. Any of various tropical and subtropical birds of the four genera ''Aerodramus'', ''Hydrochous'', ''Schoutedenapus'', and ''Collocalia'' in the swift family, many of which can navigate in darkness using echolocation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swiftlet

1. a cave-dwelling swift [n -S]

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Literary usage of Swiftlet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections by Smithsonian Institution (1905)
"DESCRIPTION OF A NEW swiftlet FROM MOUNT KINA BALU, BORNEO BY CHARLES W. RICHMOND In the small collection of birds presented to the US National Museum by ..."

2. Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal by Asiatic Society of Bengal (1893)
"(Rock swiftlet.) Striy Feathers ii, 157. A swiftlet is very common on both islands and can ... swiftlet referred to by Mr. ..."

3. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1906)
"ANDAMAN ISLANDS swiftlet. I collected four specimens (Nos. ... US National Museum) of this swiftlet on the island of Cagayan Sulu, PI, February 26, 1904. ..."

4. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society by Bombay Natural History Society (1889)
"103— THE EDIBLE NEST swiftlet. Collocalia unicolor, Jerd. The Edible Nest swiftlet occurs on the Malabar Coast, breeding during the months of March and ..."

5. Birds by Eugene William Oates, William Thomas Blanford (1895)
"The Himalayan swiftlet. Hirundo brevirostris, McClelland, PZS 1839, p. 15'). ... Hume-s swiftlet. Collocalia innominata, Hume, SF \, p. 294 (1873); ii, pp. ..."

6. A Descriptive Dictionary of British Malaya by Nicholas Belfield Dennys (1894)
"... the most interesting of these being PEALE'S swiftlet, and the large swiftlet, both being species that make the edible nests used by the Chinese. ..."

7. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections by Smithsonian Institution (1905)
"DESCRIPTION OF A NEW swiftlet FROM MOUNT KINA BALU, BORNEO BY CHARLES W. RICHMOND In the small collection of birds presented to the US National Museum by ..."

8. Proceedings of the Asiatic Society of Bengal by Asiatic Society of Bengal (1893)
"(Rock swiftlet.) Striy Feathers ii, 157. A swiftlet is very common on both islands and can ... swiftlet referred to by Mr. ..."

9. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington by Biological Society of Washington (1906)
"ANDAMAN ISLANDS swiftlet. I collected four specimens (Nos. ... US National Museum) of this swiftlet on the island of Cagayan Sulu, PI, February 26, 1904. ..."

10. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society by Bombay Natural History Society (1889)
"103— THE EDIBLE NEST swiftlet. Collocalia unicolor, Jerd. The Edible Nest swiftlet occurs on the Malabar Coast, breeding during the months of March and ..."

11. Birds by Eugene William Oates, William Thomas Blanford (1895)
"The Himalayan swiftlet. Hirundo brevirostris, McClelland, PZS 1839, p. 15'). ... Hume-s swiftlet. Collocalia innominata, Hume, SF \, p. 294 (1873); ii, pp. ..."

12. A Descriptive Dictionary of British Malaya by Nicholas Belfield Dennys (1894)
"... the most interesting of these being PEALE'S swiftlet, and the large swiftlet, both being species that make the edible nests used by the Chinese. ..."

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