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Topic: BIRDS

Sense: 1
Origin: Old English swealwe
Sense: 2
Date: 1800-1900
Origin: SWALLOW1

swallow

2 noun
     
swallow2 [countable]
1HBB a small black and white bird that comes to northern countries in the summer
2DF an action in which you make food or drink go down your throat:
He downed his whisky in one swallow.
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