Definition of Swallow-tailed

1. Adjective. (especially of butterflies and birds) having a forked tail like that of a swallow.

Similar to: Caudate, Caudated



Definition of Swallow-tailed

1. Adjective. Having a tail that is forked like a swallow's. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swallow-tailed

swaiped
swaiping
swaips
swaknoite
swale
swaled
swales
swalier
swaliest
swaling
swalings
swallet
swallets
swallie
swallow
swallow-tailed (current term)
swallow-tailed coat
swallow-tailed hawk
swallow-tailed kite
swallow dive
swallow hole
swallow one's pride
swallow shrike
swallow up
swallow wort
swallowable
swallowe
swallowed
swallowers

Literary usage of Swallow-tailed

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"A swallow-tailed animal, (a) Any swallow- tailed butterfly of the restricted family ... swallow- tailed butterfly, a swallowtail, as Papilio machaon, ..."

2. The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1840)
"swallow-tailed HAWK. Bill short, wide at the base, much compressed toward the end; upper mandible with the dorsal line decurved from the base, ..."

3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1900)
"The swallow-tailed Kite at Piermont, ... Just at noon, with the sky bright and clear, I stepped out into the yard in time to see a swallow-tailed Kite i' ..."

4. Ornithological Biography by John James Audubon (1832)
"THE swallow-tailed HAWK. ... Farther to the eastward, the swallow-tailed Hawk has •never, I believe, been observed. ..."

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