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

Examples of barn swallow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As their name suggests, barn swallows prefer to nest inside buildings, and usually return to the same spot each year, repairing nesting cups sculpted from mud and clay. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Two early barn swallows were reported in Chatham and a very early purple martin was in Mashpee., 5 Apr. 2023 There are 15 barn swallow nests. Jim Williams, Star Tribune, 11 Aug. 2020 Bristol County: Luminaries included a greater white-fronted goose in Fairhaven, two clapper rails at Egypt Lane in Fairhaven, three tree swallows at Allens Pond in South Dartmouth, and a late barn swallow in Easton., 13 Nov. 2021 At the North River Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield, a barn swallow and a Northern rough-winged swallow were sighted, and two soras were seen at the Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield., 23 Oct. 2021 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

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

barn swallow

: a common swallow that often nests in barns
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