cliff swallow

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cliff swallow North American swallow that lives in colonies and builds bottle-shaped mud nests on cliffs and walls
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cliff swallow (Zoöl) a North American swallow (Petrochelidon lunifrons), which builds its nest against cliffs; the eaves swallow.
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Usage

In literature:

The swallows sought their high cliffs.
"Her Father's Daughter" by Gene Stratton-Porter
On the right was a cliff, on the left a precipice, so deep that an entire village of Ossetes at the bottom looked like a swallow's nest.
"A Hero of Our Time" by M. Y. Lermontov
Their huts, which were made of mud and wrack, hung on the cliff like swallows' nests.
"Salammbo" by Gustave Flaubert
The barn swallow is heard first, followed in a day or two by the squeaking of the cliff swallow.
"Wake-Robin" by John Burroughs
Cliff-swallows often nest on the high banks at Tahoe City, and a few have been seen nesting under the eaves of the store on the wharf.
"The Lake of the Sky" by George Wharton James
It swallowed up the southern cliffs of Guernsey.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
By copse and cliff the swallows rove Each calling to his mate.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Most of the monsoon broods of the Indian cliff-swallow emerge from the eggs in August.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
A wonderfully clear view they had of the sea and the Swallow's Cliff.
"The Heiress of Wyvern Court" by Emilie Searchfield
If we were cliff-swallows we could make it easily.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
Of course they found it as all cliff swallows must, for cliff-hunting is a part of their springtime work.
"Bird Stories" by Edith M. Patch
He-who-was-first-Created now took the form of a swallow, and flew down from the high cliffs, skimming over the surface of the water.
"Wigwam Evenings" by Charles Alexander Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman
Their eggs cannot be distinguished from those of the Cliff Swallow.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Take the cliff swallow, for instance; it has largely left the cliffs for the eaves of our buildings.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Scarce Swallow-tails and Ordinary Swallow-tails haunted the cliffs majestically.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
Mr. McKay and his companions were literally swallowed up in the trackless waste that lay beyond the low range of cliffs.
"The Nameless Island" by Percy F. Westerman
Cliff (or Eaves) Swallow.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
As they did so the Chinese vanished as though the cliff wall had opened and swallowed him up.
"Fenn Masterson's Discovery" by Allen Chapman
The birds are a species of sea-swallow which builds in cliffs and rocks.
"Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life" by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
Harris, Bell, and I saw a Cliff Swallow take refuge on board; but this was not caught.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
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In poetry:

By the rosy cliffs of Devon, on a green hill's crest,
I would build me a house as a swallow builds its nest;
I would curtain it with roses, and the wind should breathe to me
The sweetness of the roses and the saltness of the sea.
"Where Love Is" by Amelia Josephine Burr

In news:

A biologist answers his neighbor's question: What good are Cliff Swallow s.
In March the cliff swallows come back to San Juan Capistrano and the swallow-tailed kites come back to Florida.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has temporarily stopped work on the bridge on London Road over Richland Creek in Marshall County due to the presence of nesting barn swallows, also known as cliff swallows.
For much of the country, turning the page on the 2012 election meant a sharpened focus on the "fiscal cliff," a deep, jagged chasm capable of swallowing up thousands of Bay State jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Swedish bird watchers said they were excited to spot an American Cliff Swallow in the sky until a hawk swooped down and killed the bird.
In March the cliff swallows come back to San Juan Capistrano and the swallow -tailed kites come back to Florida.
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