Schwalbe

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English[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Schwalbe

  1. (aviation, military) The World War II Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter.

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German swalwe, from Old High German swalwa, from Proto-Germanic *swalwǭ. Cognate with Middle Dutch swaluwe (modern Dutch zwaluw), Old Saxon swala, Old English swealwe (modern English swallow), Old Norse svala (Danish svale, Swedish svala).

The football sense from a saying „Der fliegt wie ’ne Schwalbe!“ (“The man flies like a swallow!”), or the like, punning on fliegen in the sense of “to fall”. Compare hinfliegen (to fall down).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʃvalbə/, [ˈʃʋälbə]
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

Schwalbe f (genitive Schwalbe, plural Schwalben)

  1. swallow, martin (small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family)
  2. (sports, soccer) dive (deliberate fall, simulated foul)
  3. (aviation, military) Schwalbe (WWII Messerschmitt Me-262 jet fighter)

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Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: schwalbe
  • Silesian: šwalbkowate (compounded with native word)

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