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chimney swift

an American swift, Chateura pelagica, which often builds its nest in an unused chimney.
Origin of chimney swift
First recorded in 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The chimney swift is, properly speaking, not a swallow at all, though chimney swallow is its more popular name.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • They call him the chimney swift, because he flies so fast, and you must always give him his right name.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • A late writer in a newspaper tells a little story showing the affection of a chimney swift for her little one.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • 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
  • To my ear it is much more like the chippering of a chimney swift.

  • On the wing the chimney swift looks like an athlete stripped for the race.

  • The bank swallow and chimney swift are smaller and less conspicuous than the martin, less noisy but quite as useful.

  • The chimney swift has learned to nest in chimneys since the Pilgrims landed; for there were no chimneys before that time.

    The Woodpeckers Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
  • The eave swallow and barn swallow and the chimney swift all belie their names in the few wild haunts still uninvaded by man.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • No other birds except the chimney swift and the little brown creeper ever do this.

    The Woodpeckers Fannie Hardy Eckstorm
British Dictionary definitions for chimney swift

chimney swift

a North American swift, Chaetura pelagica, that nests in chimneys and similar hollows
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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