a swallow, Riparia riparia, of the Northern Hemisphere, that nests in tunnels dug in sand or clay banks.
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How to use bank swallow in a sentence
Where river or road has left a bank, its face may be dotted with the entrances to the bank swallow's dwellings.What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
With the general appearance of the bank swallow, but slightly larger, grayer below, and with no breast-band.What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
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 bank swallow and chimney swift are smaller and less conspicuous than the martin, less noisy but quite as useful.
The bank-swallow is the inventor of this form of tunnel construction.Inventors at Work | George Iles