• synonyms

chimney swallow

  1. British. barn swallow.
  2. chimney swift.
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Origin of chimney swallow

First recorded in 1765–75
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Examples from the Web for chimney swallow

Historical Examples

  • How does the chimney-swallow get the twigs it builds its nest with?

    Bird Neighbors

    Neltje Blanchan

  • Within my house is another very human little bird—the chimney-swallow.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • I will also exchange a chimney-swallow's egg for the egg of any bird except a robin, blue jay, or chipping sparrow.

  • Do you mean to tell me that you have lived to be seventeen years old and dont know what a chimney-swallow is?

  • I didnt know that I was to blame, laughed George, if you didnt know the difference between a spook and chimney-swallow.

British Dictionary definitions for chimney swallow

chimney swallow

  1. another name for common swallowSee swallow 2
  2. a less common name for chimney swift
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