from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of swallows, of the family Hirundinidæ, having a small tuft of feathers isolated at the bottom of the tarsus, a slightly forked tail, the edge of the outer primary not serrate, and plain mouse-gray and white plumage.


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  • It is upper case: "the well-known bank-swallow, C. riparia", etc. The history of upper- and lowercase on this site and its database is somewhat vexed. Tinkering is endless, but the issue is that cotile (like any other word) pulls up what the Century Dictionary has in its database. Wordnik does not own or control said database. There may ultimately be a workaround or fix but for the time being there are other more pressing issues to fix here.

    October 15, 2011

  • The first letter of any generic epithet (genus-name) must be upper case.

    Cotile is an obsolete generic epithet for certain swallows. The current binomen of the Bank Swallow is Riparia riparia. Riparia is the generic epithet of this avian species.

    October 15, 2011