American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A widely distributed bird (Hirundo rustica) that nests in barns and caves and has a deeply forked tail, a dark-blue back, and tan underparts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common swallow of the United States, Hirundo horreorum or H. erythrogastra: so called because it habitually breeds in barns. The upper parts are dark steel-blue, the lower parts chestnut with an imperfect collar, and the tail deeply forked and spotted with white. It is the American representative of the similar H. rustica of Europe.
- n. The most widespread species of swallow in the world; a distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings, is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) the common American swallow (Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.
- n. common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.
“The barn swallow is here and the robin and red-start.”
Looking for tweets for barn swallow.