barn swallow

barn swallow
noun Date: 1851 a swallow (Hirundo rustica of the family Hirundinidae) that is widespread in the northern hemisphere, has a deeply forked tail, and often nests in or near buildings

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  • Barn swallow — Barn Barn (b[aum]rn), n. [OE. bern, AS. berern, bern; bere barley + ern, [ae]rn, a close place. [root]92. See {Barley}.] A covered building used chiefly for storing grain, hay, and other productions of a farm. In the United States a part of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barn swallow — n. a common swallow (Hirundo rustica) with a long, deeply forked tail: it often nests in barns and other structures: see SWALLOW1 …   English World dictionary

  • Barn Swallow — ] In the past, the tolerance for this beneficial insectivore was reinforced by superstitions regarding damage to the Barn Swallow s nest. Such an act might lead to cows giving bloody milk, or no milk at all, or to hens ceasing to lay.cite book… …   Wikipedia

  • Barn Swallow — šelmeninė kregždė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Hirundo rustica angl. Barn Swallow vok. Rauchschwalbe …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • barn swallow — šelmeninė kregždė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Hirundo rustica angl. barn swallow vok. Rauchschwalbe, f rus. деревенская настоящая ласточка, f; ласточка касатка, f pranc. hirondelle rustique, f ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • barn swallow — barn′ swal low n. orn a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that builds mud nests on the ledges and walls of buildings • Etymology: 1780–90, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • barn swallow — noun common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc. • Syn: ↑chimney swallow, ↑Hirundo rustica • Hypernyms: ↑swallow • Member Holonyms: ↑Hirundo, ↑genus Hirundo …   Useful english dictionary

  • barn swallow — /ˈban swɒloʊ/ (say bahn swoloh) noun a wideranging swallow, Hirundo rustica, with dark orange forehead and throat and pale orange underparts, sometimes nesting in barns or chimneys; chimney swallow …   Australian English dictionary

  • barn swallow — a common swallow, Hirundo rustica, of North America and Eurasia, that nests in barns and similar buildings. [1780 90, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • barn swallow — noun 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 …   Wiktionary

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