barn swallow

noun

: a swallow (Hirundo rustica of the family Hirundinidae) that is widespread in the northern hemisphere, has a deeply forked tail, and often nests in or near buildings

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Two new barn swallow murals by Harlem artist Marthalicia Matarrita had replaced ones badly damaged by graffiti. James F. Lee, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 Despite the well over 1,000 scientific publications about this species, female barn swallow song had never previously been the focus of a research article. Lauryn Benedict, Scientific American, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barn swallow was in 1851

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“Barn swallow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barn%20swallow. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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