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wood-swallow

[ wood-swol-oh ]

noun

  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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Word History and Origins

Origin of wood-swallow1

First recorded in 1850–55

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Example Sentences

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

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

The Sordid Wood-Swallow is partly migratory, and lives in small companies.

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