tree swallow

  1. a bluish-green and white swallow, Iridoprocne bicolor, of North America, that nests in tree cavities.

Origin of tree swallow

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95

Words Nearby tree swallow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use tree swallow in a sentence

  • The tree swallow wore a greenish-black cloak and a spotless white vest.

    Citizen Bird | Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
  • My first thought was of the Orange-tree swallow-tail, née Papilio cresphontes.

    Edge of the Jungle | William Beebe
  • A hardy Warbler which, like the tree swallow, can substitute bayberries for insects.

    What Bird is That? | Frank M. Chapman
  • The peasants call it tree-swallow, but its name is something else.

  • Upper parts dusty brown, darker on the wings, and tail forked a little, like the tree swallow's.

    Citizen Bird | Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues