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bank swallow

  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • The bank-swallow is the inventor of this form of tunnel construction.

    Inventors at Work

    George Iles

  • The little Bank-Swallow disappears immediately after the Martins.

  • 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