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rough-winged swallow

[ruhf-wingd] /ˈrʌfˌwɪŋd/
noun
1.
either of two New World swallows of the genus Stelgidopteryx, having outer primary feathers with small barblike hooks on the margins.
2.
any of several African swallows of the genus Psalidoprocne, having similar feathers.
Origin of rough-winged swallow
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism
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  • The rough-winged swallow builds in the wall and in old stone-heaps, and I have seen the robin build in similar localities.

    In the Catskills John Burroughs
  • The rough-winged swallow builds in the wall and in old stone heaps, and I have seen the robin build in similar localities.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • Only their cousin, the rough-winged swallow, whose breast is brownish gray, is so plainly dressed.

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