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barn swallow

a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that nests in barns and similar buildings.
Origin of barn swallow
An Americanism dating back to 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The eggs of the barn swallow and cliff swallow are more or less speckled.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • That's why he is called the barn swallow, and why you never have seen his nest.

  • Where did the barn swallow nest before the country was settled?

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • In Sweden she builds in barns, and is called ladu swala, the barn swallow.

  • The barn swallow is heard first, followed in a day or two by the squeaking of the cliff-swallow.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • The barn swallow had guided her last brood through the hayloft window, without having it closed upon her as she had feared.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • The barn swallow chooses the beams inside the barn, and there are often three or four or more nests in the same barn.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The barn swallow has a dull reddish breast, and his back is rich blue, almost black.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The barn swallow and house wren feather their nests at the expense of the hens and geese.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • In a family famous for graceful, rapid flight, the barn swallow easily excels all his relations.

British Dictionary definitions for barn swallow

barn swallow

the US and Canadian name for the common swallow, Hirundo rustica See swallow2
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