Definition of edible-nest swiftlet in English:

edible-nest swiftlet


  • A small Asian swift whose nest, constructed from solidified saliva, is used to make Chinese bird's-nest soup.

    Genus Aerodramus (or Collocalia), family Apodidae: two species

    • ‘When he reached the entrance, he saw thousands of edible-nest swiftlets nesting in the cave's dark recesses.’
    • ‘The nest of one species, the edible-nest swiftlet (C. fuciphaga), is composed almost entirely of concentric layers of this salivary cement.’
    • ‘The most highly valued are the nests from the Edible-nest Swiftlet (A. fuciphaga).’