• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Chimney-swallow the Hirundo rustica, a very common swallow: the chimney-swift
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. cheminée—L. camīnus; Gr. kaminos, a furnace.


In literature:

A little swallow, cold and hungry, had flown into the chimney and down to the room, and had crept into the shoe for warmth.
"Good Stories For Great Holidays" by Frances Jenkins Olcott
The chimney swallow nested in hollow trees, and, perhaps, occasionally resorts thither yet.
"Birds and Poets" by John Burroughs
Nay, tops of trees, summits of chimneys, told what it had already swallowed.
"The Chaplet of Pearls" by Charlotte M. Yonge
She would stand there and brush her hair while she watched the sunset deepen and the swallows circle over the chimney tops.
"Through the Wall" by Cleveland Moffett
We call 'em Chimney Swallows!
"Citizen Bird" by Mabel Osgood Wright and Elliott Coues
A pair of chimney-swallows have built in the parlor chimney.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
The house had a large fireplace and chimney; in this chimney, swallows had nests.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 1 of 14" by Elbert Hubbard
There are swallows' nests in the chimneys, and wrens under the gable, and humming-birds in the honeysuckle.
"Real Folks" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
A crowd of chimney-swallows gathered over the pond for a morning bath.
"Roof and Meadow" by Dallas Lore Sharp
On the roof the stonecrop flourished, and the swallows had built their nests about the chimneys.
"The Astonishing History of Troy Town" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
A pair of chimney-swallows have built in the parlor chimney.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
It is you who must encourage the faith I feel starting somewhere in this room, like a chimney swallow that would fain fly out.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
It was so lonely that on the Old Man's Chimney the eagles built instead of the swallows.
"The Young Mountaineers" by Charles Egbert Craddock
G. and Y. Chimney-Swallow.
"Love's Meinie" by John Ruskin
This is in regard to the chimney swallows.
"The Jonathan Papers" by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
To-day chimney-swallows came, and we watched their endless rippling and circling.
"A Northern Countryside" by Rosalind Richards
Once more the chimneys of old houses know the flickering swallow.
"Minstrel Weather" by Marian Storm
I remember the delight shown by an elderly lady when a brood of swallows fell down our sitting-room chimney.
"The Psychological Origin and the Nature of Religion" by James H. Leuba
These swallows used to build in caves and in clean, hollow trees; now they nest only in chimneys.
"A Watcher in The Woods" by Dallas Lore Sharp
The CHIMNEY SWIFT is often called the chimney swallow, but it is very easy to tell one from a swallow.
"The Children's Book of Birds" by Olive Thorne Miller

In poetry:

And, as swallows build
In these wide, old-fashioned chimneys,
So thy twittering songs shall nestle
In my bosom,--
"To An Old Danish Songbook" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Oh, weird and still the dark hours passed;
No human sound she heard,
But up and down the chimney stack
The swallows moaned and stirred.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For the chimney-sweeps of Cheltenham town,
Sooty of face as a swallow of wing,
Come whistling, singing, dancing down
With white teeth flashing as they sing.
"The Chimney-Sweeps Of Cheltenham" by Alfred Noyes