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Definition: sand martin
n : swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug
in clay or sand banks [syn: bank martin
, bank swallow
English → English
Definition: Sand martin
, n. [AS. sand; akin to D. zand, G. sand, OHG. sant,
Icel. sandr, Dan. & Sw. sand, Gr. ?.]
1. Fine particles of stone, esp. of siliceous stone, but not
reduced to dust; comminuted stone in the form of loose
grains, which are not coherent when wet.
That finer matter, called sand, is no other than
very small pebbles. --Woodward.
2. A single particle of such stone. [R.] --Shak.
3. The sand in the hourglass; hence, a moment or interval of
time; the term or extent of one's life.
The sands are numbered that make up my life. --Shak.
4. pl. Tracts of land consisting of sand, like the deserts of
Arabia and Africa; also, extensive tracts of sand exposed
by the ebb of the tide. “The Libyan sands.”
“The sands o' Dee.”
5. Courage; pluck; grit. [Slang]
(Zo["o]l.), the Japanese badger (Meles ankuma
(a) A bag filled with sand or earth, used for various
purposes, as in fortification, for ballast, etc.
(b) A long bag filled with sand, used as a club by
, soap mixed with sand, made into a ball for use
at the toilet.
(a) (Chem.) A vessel of hot sand in a laboratory, in which
vessels that are to be heated are partially immersed.
(b) A bath in which the body is immersed in hot sand.
, a thick layer of sand, whether deposited
naturally or artificially; specifically, a thick layer of
sand into which molten metal is run in casting, or from a
(Zo["o]l.), a collective name for numerous
species of limicoline birds, such as the sandpipers,
plovers, tattlers, and many others; -- called also shore birds
, a process of engraving and cutting glass and
other hard substances by driving sand against them by a
steam jet or otherwise; also, the apparatus used in the
(a) A box with a perforated top or cover, for sprinkling
paper with sand.
(b) A box carried on locomotives, from which sand runs on
the rails in front of the driving wheel, to prevent
(Bot.), a tropical American tree (Hura crepitans
). Its fruit is a depressed many-celled woody
capsule which, when completely dry, bursts with a loud
report and scatters the seeds. See Illust. of Regma
(Zo["o]l.), an American anomuran crustacean
) which burrows in sandy seabeaches. It
is often used as bait by fishermen. See Illust. under
(Zo["o]l.), a tubular vessel having a calcareous
coating, and connecting the oral ambulacral ring with the
madreporic tubercle. It appears to be excretory in
(Zo["o]l.), the redshank. [Prov. Eng.]
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Sand saucer
(a) The lady crab.
(b) A land crab, or ocypodian.
(Far.), a crack extending downward from the
coronet, in the wall of a horse's hoof, which often causes
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
large terrestrial crickets of the genus Stenophelmatus
and allied genera, native of the sandy plains of the
Western United States.
(Zo["o]l.), any ophidioid fish. See Illust.
(Zo["o]l.), a small American flounder (Limanda ferruginea
); -- called also rusty dab
. The name is also
applied locally to other allied species.
(Zo["o]l.), a small etheostomoid fish of the
Ohio valley (Ammocrypta pellucida
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small
flat circular sea urchins, which live on sandy bottoms,
especially Echinarachnius parma
of the American coast.
, drifting sand; also, a mound or bank of drifted
(a) A lant, or launce.
(b) A slender Pacific Ocean fish of the genus
, having barbels about the mouth.
, sandstone which splits up into flagstones.
(a) Any species of flea which inhabits, or breeds in,
sandy places, especially the common dog flea.
(b) The chigoe.
(c) Any leaping amphipod crustacean; a beach flea, or
orchestian. See Beach flea
, under Beach
, a vast body of sand borne along by the wind.
(a) The sandnecker.
(b) The European smooth dab (Pleuronectes microcephalus
); -- called also kitt
, town dab
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of small
dipterous flies of the genus Simulium
, abounding on
sandy shores, especially Simulium nocivum
of the United
States. They are very troublesome on account of their
biting habits. Called also no-see-um
. (Geol.) See Sand pipe
(Bot.), any species of grass which grows in
sand; especially, a tufted grass (Triplasis purpurea
with numerous bearded joints, and acid awl-shaped leaves,
growing on the Atlantic coast.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of many species of Old
World birds belonging to the suborder Pterocletes, and
resembling both grouse and pigeons. Called also rock grouse
, rock pigeon
, and ganga
. They mostly belong to
the genus Pterocles
, as the common Indian species (P. exustus
). The large sand grouse (P. arenarius
painted sand grouse (P. fasciatus
), and the pintail sand
grouse (P. alchata
) are also found in India. See Illust.
, a hill of sand; a dune.
(Zo["o]l.), the American brown crane (Grus Mexicana
(Zo["o]l.), a beach flea; an orchestian.
(Zo["o]l.), a sand wasp.
(a) A small lark (Alaudala raytal
), native of India.
(b) A small sandpiper, or plover, as the ringneck, the
sanderling, and the common European sandpiper.
(c) The Australian red-capped dotterel ([AE]gialophilus ruficapillus
); -- called also red-necked plover
(Zo["o]l.), a lant, or launce.
(Zo["o]l.), a common European lizard (Lacerta agilis
(Zo["o]l.), the bank swallow.
(Zo["o]l.), the coast rat.
(Zo["o]l.), a large Egyptian lizard (Monitor arenarius
) which inhabits dry localities.
(Zo["o]l.), the dunlin. [Prov. Eng.]
. (Bot.) See under Myrtle
(Zo["o]l.), either of two small Asiatic
partridges of the genus Ammoperdix
. The wings are long
and the tarsus is spurless. One species (A. Heeji
inhabits Palestine and Arabia. The other species (A. Bonhami
), inhabiting Central Asia, is called also seesee partridge
, and teehoo
, a picture made by putting sand of different
colors on an adhesive surface.
(a) The sauger.
(b) The lizard fish.
, a sand storm which takes the form of a
whirling pillar in its progress in desert tracts like
those of the Sahara and Mongolia.
(Geol.), a tubular cavity, from a few inches to
several feet in depth, occurring especially in calcareous
rocks, and often filled with gravel, sand, etc.; -- called
also sand gall
(Zo["o]l.), a small British lamprey now
considered to be the young of larger species; -- called
also sand prey
, in artesian well boring, a long, slender bucket
with a valve at the bottom for raising sand from the well.
(Zo["o]l.), the pocket gopher.
, a rock made of cemented sand.
(Zo["o]l.), the turnstone.
(Zo["o]l.), the mass of egg capsules, or
o["o]thec[ae], of any mollusk of the genus Natica
allied genera. It has the shape of a bottomless saucer,
and is coated with fine sand; -- called also sand collar
(Zo["o]l.), an amphipod crustacean
), which burrows in the sandy
seabeaches of Europe and America.
(Zo["o]l.), an American shark (Odontaspis littoralis
) found on the sandy coasts of the Eastern
United States; -- called also gray shark
, and dogfish shark
. See Illust. under Remora
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World lizards belonging to the genus Seps
; as, the
ocellated sand skink (Seps ocellatus
) of Southern
(Zo["o]l.), a beach flea, or orchestian.
(Zo["o]l.), a silverside.
(a) Any one of several species of harmless burrowing
snakes of the genus Eryx
, native of Southern Europe,
Africa, and Asia, especially E. jaculus
of India and
, used by snake charmers.
(b) Any innocuous South African snake of the genus
, especially P. sibilans
(Zo["o]l.), the sandpiper.
(Zo["o]l.), an ophiurioid starfish living on
sandy sea bottoms; a brittle star.
, a cloud of sand driven violently by the wind.
, the sandnecker.
(Zo["o]l.), the bank swallow. See under
, (Golf) a shallow pit on a golf course having a
layer of sand in it, usually located near a green, and
designed to function as a hazard, due to the difficulty of
hitting balls effectively from such a position.
, a tube made of sand. Especially:
(a) A tube of vitrified sand, produced by a stroke of
lightning; a fulgurite.
(b) (Zo["o]l.) Any tube made of cemented sand.
(c) (Zo["o]l.) In starfishes, a tube having calcareous
particles in its wall, which connects the oral water
tube with the madreporic plate.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Hognose snake
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
hymenopterous insects belonging to the families
, which dig burrows in
sand. The female provisions the nest with insects or
spiders which she paralyzes by stinging, and which serve
as food for her young.
, n. [F. martin, from the proper name Martin.
One of several species of swallows, usually having the tail
less deeply forked than the tail of the common swallows.
[Written also marten
Note: The American purple martin
, or bee martin
or Progne purpurea
), and the European house martin
, or window martin
), are the best known species.
(a) The bank swallow. See under Bank
(b) The fairy martin. See under Fairy
(a) The purple martin.
(b) The kingbird.
, the bank swallow.