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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sand-swallow or sand-martin, Cotile or Clivicola riparia.


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  • There is also a Bleak or fresh-water Sprat; a fish that is ever in motion, and therefore called by some the river-swallow; for just as you shall observe the swallow to be, most evenings in summer, ever in motion, making short and quick turns when he flies to catch flies, in the air, by which he lives; so does the Bleak at the top of the water.

    The Compleat Angler : or, The Contemplative Man`s Recreation


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