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swallow Idioms & Phrases


Bank swallow

  • noun swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
    sand martin; Riparia riparia; bank martin.
WordNet
  • a small American and European swallow (Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.
Webster 1913

Barn swallow

  • noun common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.
    Hirundo rustica; barn swallow.
WordNet
  • (Zoöl.), the common American swallow (Hirundo horreorum), which attaches its nest of mud to the beams and rafters of barns.
Webster 1913

Chimney swallow

  • noun American swift that nests in e.g. unused chimneys
    chimney swift; Chateura pelagica.
  • noun common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.
    Hirundo rustica; barn swallow.
WordNet
  • . (Zoöl.) (a) An American swift (Chæture pelasgica) which lives in chimneys. (b) In England, the common swallow (Hirundo rustica).
Webster 1913

Cliff swallow

  • noun North American swallow that lives in colonies and builds bottle-shaped mud nests on cliffs and walls
    Hirundo pyrrhonota.
WordNet
  • (Zoöl.), a North American swallow (Petrochelidon lunifrons), which builds its nest against cliffs; the eaves swallow.
Webster 1913

Eaves swallow

  • (Zoöl.). (a) The cliff swallow; so called from its habit of building retort-shaped nests of mud under the eaves of buildings. See Cliff swallow, under Cliff. (b) The European swallow.
Webster 1913

Esculent swallow

  • (Zoöl.), the swallow which makes the edible bird's-nest. See Edible bird's-nest, under Edible.
Webster 1913

fairy swallow

  • noun fancy domestic pigeon having blue-and-white plumage and heavily muffed feet
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Night swallow

  • (Zoöl.), the nightjar.
Webster 1913

Sand swallow

  • (Zoöl.), the bank swallow. See under Bank.
Webster 1913

sea swallow

  • noun common tern of Eurasia and America having white black and grey plumage
    Sterna hirundo.
WordNet
Sea" swal"low
Definitions
  1. (Zoöl.) (a) The common tern. (b) The storm petrel. (c) The gannet.
  2. (Her.) See Cornish chough, under Chough.
Webster 1913

swallow dive

  • noun a dive in which the diver arches the back with arms outstretched before entering the water
    swan dive.
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swallow hole

  • noun a depression in the ground communicating with a subterranean passage (especially in limestone) and formed by solution or by collapse of a cavern roof
    sink; sinkhole.
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Swallow plover

  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of fork-tailed ploverlike birds of the genus Glareola, as G. orientalis of India; a pratincole.
Webster 1913

Swallow shrike

  • noun Australasian and Asiatic bird related to the shrikes and resembling a swallow
    swallow shrike.
WordNet
  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of East Indian and Asiatic birds of the family Artamiidæ, allied to the shrikes but similar to swallows in appearance and habits. The ashy swallow shrike (Artamus fuscus) is common in India.
Webster 1913

swallow up

  • verb enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
    eat up; swallow; bury; immerse.
    • The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter
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Swallow warbler

  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of East Indian and Australian singing birds of the genus Dicæum. They are allied to the honeysuckers.
Webster 1913

swallow wort

  • noun perennial herb with branched woody stock and bright yellow flowers
    greater celandine; swallowwort; celandine; Chelidonium majus.
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swallow-tailed

  • adjective satellite (especially of butterflies and birds) having a forked tail like that of a swallow
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Swal"low-tailed` adjective
Definitions
  1. Having a tail like that of a swallow; hence, like a swallow's tail in form; having narrow and tapering or pointed skirts; as, a swallow-tailed coat.
  2. (Carp.) United by dovetailing; dovetailed.
Webster 1913

swallow-tailed coat

  • noun a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back
    morning coat; swallowtail.
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swallow-tailed hawk

  • noun graceful North American black-and-white kite
    Elanoides forficatus; swallow-tailed hawk.
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swallow-tailed kite

  • noun graceful North American black-and-white kite
    Elanoides forficatus; swallow-tailed hawk.
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Tree swallow

  • noun bluish-green-and-white North American swallow; nests in tree cavities
    Iridoprocne bicolor; tree swallow.
  • noun of Australia and Polynesia; nests in tree cavities
    tree martin; Hirundo nigricans.
WordNet
  • (Zoöl.), any one of several species of swallows of the genus Hylochelidon which lay their eggs in holes in dead trees. They inhabit Australia and adjacent regions. Called also martin in Australia.
Webster 1913

white-bellied swallow

  • noun bluish-green-and-white North American swallow; nests in tree cavities
    Iridoprocne bicolor; tree swallow.
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Window swallow

  • (Zoöl.), the common European martin. Prov. Eng.
Webster 1913

Wood swallow

  • noun Australasian and Asiatic bird related to the shrikes and resembling a swallow
    swallow shrike.
WordNet
  • (Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of Old World passerine birds belonging to the genus Artamus and allied genera of the family Artamidæ. They are common in the East Indies, Asia, and Australia. In form and habits they resemble swallows, but in structure they resemble shrikes. They are usually black above and white beneath.
Webster 1913

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