Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hirundo or Cotile riparia, a very common bird of Europe, Asia, and America, of the family Hirundinidæ: so called from its habit of burrowing in banks to build its nest. It is a small swallow, mouse-gray above and white below, with a gray collar. In places where it is numerous, hundreds or thousands gather to breed in company, and a sandbank may be riddled with their holes, which are excavated to the depth of a foot or more. Also called
sandswallowand bank-martin. See Cotile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a small American and European swallow (Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.
- See under 1st bank, n.
- n. swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
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