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Aves (ornithology)


the class of birds


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


(* Aves may be used in a singular or plural context)

Member of:

Vertebrata » Chordata » Animalia

Original source:

Princeton WordNet


pl of Latin avis bird | from Latin: hail!
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

All senses of Aves...

Definition references  (+images)


Bird | Birds | Aves

feathered, winged, bipedal, endothermic, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates. All present species belong to the subclass Neornithes, and inhabit ecosystems across... (33 of 15946 words, 27 images)


Aves (disambiguation)

Latin for birds and is universally used as the scientific term for the class of organisms to which birds belong. Aves may also refer to: Isla Aves, a Caribbean island administered by Venezuela | Las Aves Archipelago, a group of islands off the coast of... (44 of 119 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Aves (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

Aves | Ave | bird [sense-specific, synonym] | Hail Mary [synonym, sense-specific] | Ave Maria [synonym, sense-specific]

the class of vertebrates comprising the birds [sense-specific] | short for "Ave Maria" | the time for the Angelus to be recited, so called because of ... (24 of 399 words, 4 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:


Syllabification: (A¬∑ves) [zoology] | a class of vertebrates that comprises the birds. (11 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/Aves

Aves [zoology]

a class of vertebrates which comprises the birds (8 of 32 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

Aves [plural]

a class of vertebrates comprising the birds. (7 of 17 words, pronunciation)




A taxonomic class within the subphylum Vertebrata -- the birds. (9 of 11 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

vertebrate [animal] | Craniata [synonym]

any animal of the subphylum Vertebrata, the predominant subphylum of the phylum Chordata. They have backbones, from which they derive their name. The ... (23 of 1031 words, 14 images)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

class | classes [plural] | Class A/B/C etc | be in a class of your/its own | be in a different class from | not be in the same class as

[countable] one of the groups into which people in a society are divided ... | [countable] a group of students who are taught together: can be ... (25 of 708 words, 11 definitions, 26 usage examples, pronunciation)


class [transitive, often passive, verb] | classed [past tense] | classing [present participle] | classes [3rd-person singular present]

to include someone or something in a particular group because they have similar features or qualities (16 of 73 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/class 40

class [usually before noun, British, informal, adjective]

extremely good (2 of 11 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/class 47


classify | classified [past tense] | classifying [present participle] | break down [verb, classify] | codify [verb, classify] | digest [verb, classify] | grade [verb, classify] | place [verb, classify] | relegate [verb, classify]

to arrange in classes | to assign (as a document) to a category (12 of 151 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


class [entry 1, often attributive, noun] | elegance [synonym, sense-specific] | caste [synonym, sense-specific] | estate [synonym, sense-specific] | folk [synonym, sense-specific] | gentry [synonym, sense-specific] | order [synonym, sense-specific] | stratum [synonym, sense-specific] | gracelessness [antonym, sense-specific] | ...

a body of students meeting regularly to study the same subject ; the period ... | a group sharing the same economic or social status ; social rank ; ... (28 of 358 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

classification | category | division | family | genus | kingdom | nomenclature, biological | biological nomenclature | order | ...

in biology, the systematic categorization of organisms into a coherent scheme. The original purpose of biological classification, or systematics, was ... (20 of 285 words)


New World Dictionary:


a number of people or things grouped together because of certain likenesses or common traits; kind; sort; category | a group of people considered as a ... (25 of 253 words, 14 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:

class | classed [past tense] | classing [present participle] | classes [3rd-person singular present]

A set, collection, group, or configuration containing members regarded as having certain attributes or traits in common; a kind or category. | A ... (22 of 240 words, 15 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

class [entry 1] | the class of '98/'99, etc. | class of '98/'99, etc.

a group of students who are taught together at school, college or university | a period of time in which students are taught something | "the class of ... (26 of 131 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 1

class [entry 2]

a group of people within society who have the same economic and social position (14 of 73 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 2

class [entry 3] | be in a class of your own | be in a class by itself/of its own | be in a class by itself its own | be in a class by of its own | be out of your class

a group into which goods, services or people are put according to their standard | [British] in Britain, the standard which someone has reached in ... (24 of 158 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 3

class [entry 4]

the quality of being stylish or fashionable (7 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 4

class [entry 5, specialized]

a group of related plants or animals, in the general classification of plants and animals (15 of 24 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 5

class [entry 6]

to consider someone or something to belong to a particular group because of their qualities (15 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 6

class [entry 7, informal]

very good (2 of 12 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/class 7

Encarta Dictionary:

class | classes [plural] | classed [past tense] | classing [present participle]

a group of students or pupils who are taught or study together | a period when students meet to be taught a particular subject | a particular course ... (26 of 316 words, 15 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861597639​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

Aves | Ave

First use: 13th century

Origin: pl of Latin avis bird | from Latin: hail!




Origin: Latin avēs, nominative plural of avis ("bird").


Oxford Dictionary:

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

Aves | Ave

Audio: British English pronunciation of "Aves"


the Free Dictionary:


Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "Aves"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "Aves"


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