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 for Bank swallow
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank \Bank\ (b[a^][ng]k), n. [OE. banke; akin to E. bench, and
     prob. of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. bakki. See Bench.]
     1. A mound, pile, or ridge of earth, raised above the
        surrounding level; hence, anything shaped like a mound or
        ridge of earth; as, a bank of clouds; a bank of snow.
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              They cast up a bank against the city. --2 Sam. xx.
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     2. A steep acclivity, as the slope of a hill, or the side of
        a ravine.
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     3. The margin of a watercourse; the rising ground bordering a
        lake, river, or sea, or forming the edge of a cutting, or
        other hollow.
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              Tiber trembled underneath her banks.  --Shak.
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     4. An elevation, or rising ground, under the sea; a shoal,
        shelf, or shallow; as, the banks of Newfoundland.
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     5. (Mining)
        (a) The face of the coal at which miners are working.
        (b) A deposit of ore or coal, worked by excavations above
            water level.
        (c) The ground at the top of a shaft; as, ores are brought
            to bank.
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     6. (A["e]ronautics) The lateral inclination of an
        a["e]roplane as it rounds a curve; as, a bank of 45[deg]
        is easy; a bank of 90[deg] is dangerous.
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     7. A group or series of objects arranged near together; as, a
        bank of electric lamps, etc.
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     8. The tilt of a roadway or railroad, at a curve in the road,
        designed to counteract centrifugal forces acting on
        vehicles moving rapiudly around the curve, thus reducing
        the danger of overturning during a turn.
     Bank beaver (Zool.), the otter. [Local, U.S.]
     Bank swallow, a small American and European swallow
        ({Clivicola riparia) that nests in a hole which it
        excavates in a bank.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bank swallow \Bank" swal"low\
     See under 1st Bank, n.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bank swallow
      n 1: swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels
           dug in clay or sand banks [syn: bank martin, bank
           swallow, sand martin, Riparia riparia]

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