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
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for cliff swallow
Historical Examples of cliff swallow
The barn swallow is heard first, followed in a day or two by the squeaking of the cliff-swallow.
Most of the monsoon broods of the Indian cliff-swallow emerge from the eggs in August.
The cliff-swallow, strange emigrant, that eastward takes his way, has come and gone again in my time.
British Dictionary definitions for cliff swallow
an American swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, that has a square-tipped tail and builds nests of mud on cliffs, walls, etc
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