cliff swallow


noun
  1. any of several North American birds of the genus Hirundo, especially H. pyrrhonota, that live colonially and build bottle-shaped mud nests on cliffs and walls.

Origin of cliff swallow

1
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

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cliff swallow

noun
  1. an American swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, that has a square-tipped tail and builds nests of mud on cliffs, walls, etc

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