noun Chiefly Northeastern U.S.
- swainson's hawk,
- swainson's thrush,
- swallow dive
Origin of swale
Examples from the Web for swale
Perhaps the dragon had been there ever since I had known the swale, and summer after summer had allowed me to cross unchallenged.Roof and Meadow|Dallas Lore Sharp
On the other side showed fresh tracks along the wet margin of the swale.The Mysterious Rider|Zane Grey
No breath of air stirred the foliage or the bending rushes in the swale.In the Valley|Harold Frederic
Soon Baptiste and Jawnny, each with his axe, started diagonally across the swale, and entered the alders on Tom's track.Old Man Savarin and Other Stories|Edward William Thomson
The others had gone up a sort of swale on our right, where tall, lush grass indicated that the ground was marshy.The Great Quest|Charles Boardman Hawes
- a moist depression in a tract of land, usually with rank vegetation
- (as modifier)swell and swale topography
Word Origin for swale
"low, hollow place, often boggy," 1580s, special use of Scottish swaill "low, hollow place," or dialectal East Anglian swale "shady place" (mid-15c.); both probably from Old Norse svalr "cool," from Proto-Germanic *swalaz.