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tree swallow

noun
1.
a bluish-green and white swallow, Iridoprocne bicolor, of North America, that nests in tree cavities.
Origin of tree swallow
1890-1895
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95
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  • The tree swallow builds its nest, of grasses and feathers in the hollow of a tree.

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  • There are the common barn swallow, the eave swallow, tree swallow and bank swallow.

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    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The tree swallow wore a greenish-black cloak and a spotless white vest.

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    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • Upper parts dusty brown, darker on the wings, and tail forked a little, like the tree swallow's.

    Citizen Bird

    Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • A hardy Warbler which, like the tree swallow, can substitute bayberries for insects.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • Like the cliff swallow, the tree swallow is fast losing the right to its name.

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