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Definition of swallow
- a migratory swift-flying songbird with a forked tail and long pointed wings, feeding on insects in flight. Compare with woodswallow.
- Family Hirundinidae: several genera, in particular Hirundo, and numerous species, e.g. the widespread H. rustica (North American name: barn swallow)
Old English swealwe, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zwaluw and German Schwalbe