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barn swallow

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noun
  1. a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that nests in barns and similar buildings.
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Origin of barn swallow

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90
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Examples from the Web for barn swallow

Historical Examples

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for barn swallow

barn swallow

noun
  1. the US and Canadian name for the common swallow, Hirundo rusticaSee swallow 2
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