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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. 2017.
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  • At times it twitters like a barn swallow, at times it emits a single harsh note like that of the eave swallow.

  • The eggs of the barn swallow and cliff swallow are more or less speckled.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The ground sparrow builds a lovely little nest; and what a curious nest is that of the barn swallow.

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

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

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • They liked the barn swallow who flew through the air, almost as if he were so happy that he danced as he flew.

    Seven O'Clock Stories Robert Gordon Anderson
  • 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 and house wren feather their nests at the expense of the hens and geese.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for barn swallow

barn swallow

the US and Canadian name for the common swallow, Hirundo rustica See swallow2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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