Definition of house swallow in English:

house swallow


  • The barn swallow, Hirundo rustica (family Hirundinidae) with dark blue upperparts, reddish throat, and distinctive long, deeply forked tail, which breeds throughout much of the northern hemisphere, building its nests on the walls and eaves of buildings.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Bossewell (d. 1580), author.