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chimney swallow

British. barn swallow.
Origin of chimney swallow
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • On the wing the chimney swallow looks like an athlete stripped for the race.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The Chimney Swift is often called the chimney swallow, but it is very easy to tell one from a swallow.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • The bank swallow also lays white eggs, as does the chimney swallow, the white-bellied swallow, and the purple martin.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The house martin does not, like the chimney swallow, sweep the ground and water in its flight.

    Auld Lang Syne Various
  • The chimney swallow nested in hollow trees, and, perhaps, occasionally resorts thither yet.

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • It is you who must encourage the faith I feel starting somewhere in this room, like a chimney swallow that would fain fly out.

    The Entailed Hat George Alfred Townsend
  • With the breath of the chimney there came presently the chimney swallow, and dropped much fatigued upon the deck of the steamer.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • In Europe the chimney swallow builds in barns, and the barn swallow builds in chimneys.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for chimney swallow

chimney swallow

another name for common swallow See swallow2
a less common name for chimney swift
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