a swallow, Riparia riparia, of the Northern Hemisphere, that nests in tunnels dug in sand or clay banks.
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Origin of bank swallow
First recorded in 1645–55
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Examples from the Web for bank swallow
But the holes were too small, and no bird but a bank-swallow would have attempted such a thing.Ways of Wood Folk|William J. Long
The little Bank-Swallow disappears immediately after the Martins.Argentine Ornithology, Volume I (of 2)|P. L. Sclater
The bank-swallow is the inventor of this form of tunnel construction.Inventors at Work|George Iles