from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See under 1st bank, n.
  • n. a small American and European swallow (Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Hirundo or Cotile riparia, a very common bird of Europe, Asia, and America, of the family Hirundinid√¶: so called from its habit of burrowing in banks to build its nest.

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

  • n. swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks


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