[woo d-swol-oh]


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.

Origin of wood-swallow

First recorded in 1850–55
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  • To me, the discovery of a woodman in the wadi were as pleasing as the discovery of a woodchuck or a woodswallow or a woodbine.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

British Dictionary definitions for woodswallow



any of several insectivorous birds of the genus Artamus of Australia
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