barn swallow


Definition of barn swallow

: 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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One minute the early evening sky above the Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa was clear except for the darting silhouettes of a half dozen chimney swifts and barn swallows. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Canada geese grouping up before molt migration," 9 June 2018 Here Pamuk flits like a barn swallow over fascinating issues of contemporary Turkish life, but never alights long enough to offer interesting insights or even substantially enrich the story. Geraldine Brooks, New York Times, "In Orhan Pamuk’s New Novel, a Youthful Obsession Yields a Haunted Life," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of barn swallow

1851, in the meaning defined above

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