chimney swift

noun

Definition of chimney swift 

: a small sooty-gray swift (Chaetura pelagica) with long narrow wings that often builds its nest inside an unused chimney

called also chimney swallow

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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 In Patterson Park alone, more than 200 bird species have been documented, including Baltimore orioles, chimney swifts and wood thrushes. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "Patterson Park Audubon Center's winter weekend highlights urban birdwatching," 10 Feb. 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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chimney swift

noun

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: a small dark gray bird with long narrow wings that often builds its nest inside chimneys

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