- a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that nests in barns and similar buildings.
Origin of barn swallow
An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for barn swallow
For grace of form and poetry of motion there is no rival for the barn-swallow.Wild Life Near Home
Dallas Lore Sharp
In Sweden she builds in barns, and is called Ladu swala, the barn-swallow.
They climbed a ladder and found the barn-swallow's nest plastered under the eaves of the barn.Seven O'Clock Stories
Robert Gordon Anderson
As he did so, a barn-swallow flickered out through a broken pane.The Heart of the Ancient Wood
Charles G. D. Roberts
- the US and Canadian name for the common swallow, Hirundo rusticaSee swallow 2
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