bank swallow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bank swallow swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bank swallow a small American and European swallow (Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it excavates in a bank.
    • Bank swallow See under 1st Bank n.
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Usage

In literature:

In the osiers which fringed the bank he spied a swallow sitting.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
Smith told of a "revelation" concerning a bank "which would swallow up all other banks.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
It was Banker the Bank Swallow, own cousin to Skimmer the Tree Swallow.
"The Burgess Bird Book for Children" by Thornton W. Burgess
With woodpeckers and kindred species, and with birds that burrow in the ground, as bank swallows, kingfishers, etc., it is a necessity.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
That confounded Bundelcund Bank would have swallowed up this like all the rest.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
When the stream brought him within reach, the snake swallowed him, boat and all, and swam to the bank.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
Some swallows are very fond of a notice-board fastened to a pole beside the Hogsmill bank.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
In the osiers which fringed the bank he spied a swallow sitting.
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
A bank of clouds had swallowed the last vestige of ruddy light.
"The Innocent Adventuress" by Mary Hastings Bradley
Where river or road has left a bank, its face may be dotted with the entrances to the Bank Swallow's dwellings.
"What Bird is That?" by Frank M. Chapman
The squadron droned into a thick bank of clouds and was swallowed.
"A Yankee Flier with the R.A.F." by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Soon she is swallowed up in the dense fog-bank, and shut out from her enemy's view.
"Harper's Round Table, September 3, 1895" by Various
Seems a young person from the bank had took to conjuring and swallowed lead.
"A Man in the Open" by Roger Pocock
With woodpeckers and kindred species, and with birds that burrow in the ground, as bank swallows, kingfishers, etc., it is a necessity.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Low (1945:132) records a colony of these birds and Bank Swallows nesting together at Gray's Lake, in Caribou County.
"A Check-List of the Birds of Idaho" by M. Dale Arvey
When the woods had swallowed the rider, Garvin got up, circled the Crest, and went down to the Mine Banks Road.
"Nobody's Child" by Elizabeth Dejeans
Fish Crow, Common Crow, Bank Swallow, Tree Swallow, Savanna Sparrow, Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Horned Lark, Pipit or Titlark.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
The bank swallow nests in a sand-bank.
"Endurance Test" by Alan Douglas
Saw Bank Swallows and House Swallows.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
A swallow dipped over the pool and then banked away, as if repulsed by the ash.
"When the Owl Cries" by Paul Bartlett
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In poetry:

Its birches whisper to the wind,
The swallow dips her wings
In the cool spray, and on its banks
The gray song-sparrow sings.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There once was an old crocodile
Who lived on the banks of the Nile.
One day, for a meal,
He swallowed a wheel,
And ate for dessert, an automobile.
"Stylish" by Edwin Carty Ranck
He said he longed for a little change
And the bank-note boat was just in range;
The poor young elf gave one big holler
Just as the sea gull made a swallow
(And this is strange indeed to follow
For a gull himself is just a swallow.)
"Why The Mole Is Blind" by Edwin Carty Ranck

In news:

Fortune Swallows the Banks' Baloney .
It later merged with Fleet Bank , and both were eventually swallowed up by Bank of America.
Last September, as Wall Street turned to rubble and panic threatened to come unleashed, Ken Lewis, the CEO of Bank of America, agreed to swallow one of the country's most toxic investment houses.
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