hirondelle

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Old Provençal irondela, diminutive of irunda, ironda, ultimately from Latin hirundō. Replaced Old French arondelle, diminutive of aronde, from Latin hirundō (compare also harundō).

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Noun[edit]

hirondelle f (plural hirondelles)

  1. swallow (bird)
  2. An alignment mark printed in the margin.
  3. A policeman on bicycle or motorcycle; so called from the brand of bicycle or the darting motions in traffic.

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