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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the common American swallow (Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.

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