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[woo d-swol-oh]
  1. any of several slate-colored songbirds of the family Artamidae, of southeastern Asia, Australia, and New Guinea, having long, pointed wings and noted for their swift, soaring flight.
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Origin of wood-swallow

First recorded in 1850–55
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Fourteen of the 17 members of the Wood-Swallow family are confined to the Australian region.

    An Australian Bird Book

    John Albert Leach

  • This wood-swallow is the only Micronesian representative of Artamus leucorhynchus.