swallow-tailed


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swal·low-tailed

(swŏl′ō-tāld′)
adj.
1. Having a deeply forked tail. Used of a bird.
2. Resembling the tail of a swallow.

swallow-tailed

adj
1. (Zoology) (of a bird) having a deeply forked tail
2. having a part resembling a swallow's tail
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.swallow-tailed - (especially of butterflies and birds) having a forked tail like that of a swallow
caudate, caudated - having a tail or taillike appendage
References in classic literature ?
He wears a beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife.
His dress was a tight-fitting swallow-tailed black coat (from one of whose pockets dangled a vast length of white handkerchief), black kerseymere knee-breeches, black stockings, and stumpy-looking pumps, with huge bunches of black satin ribbon for bows.
To speak plainly, the fellow had, in spite of his grinning, an audacious and sinister kind of face; and as he curvetted right into the village, the old stumpy appearance of his pumps excited no little suspicion; and many a burgher who beheld him that day would have given a trifle for a peep beneath the white cambric handkerchief which hung so obtrusively from the pocket of his swallow-tailed coat.
He seemed fully as tall as the Wizard, and was dressed in a red and white checked vest and a blue swallow-tailed coat, and had yellow knee breeches and purple silk stockings upon his slender legs.
Many and many a party of young ladies and gentlemen had their state gondolas handsomely decorated, and ate supper on board, bringing their swallow-tailed, white- cravatted varlets to wait upon them, and having their tables tricked out as if for a bridal supper.
Winnebago County posted a pine grosbeak; a swallow-tailed kite flew over Massac; and a wood stork drew birders to Rend Lake in Jefferson.
There were pink and olive elephant hawkmoths; a pine hawkmoth, feathered and ashy; a buff arches, patterned and gilded like the back of a barn owl; flame moths in polished brass; the yellow kites of swallow-tailed moths; common emeralds the colour of a northern sea, with streaks of foam; grey daggers; a pebble prominent; heart and darts; coronets; riband waves; willow beauties; an elder pearl; small magpie; double-striped pug; rosy tabby.
The potent brew attracted woozy, boozy bevies of Old Lady moths, Large Yellow Underwings and a stunning Swallow-tailed Moth.
At dusk, you may see night-flying moths such as the cream-coloured swallow-tailed and the fluffy white yellow-tail.
Guidon Partners, a hands-on partnership founded by leaders in health care services, derives its name from a small, swallow-tailed flag that serves to rally the troops and signifies leadership.
To help others discover and subsequently care about a swamp forest, his treehouses facilitate a sort of immersion course, allowing guests to meet sturgeon and turtles as they paddle along the river and to imagine the life of a heron or swallow-tailed kite as they mount stairs to dwell among trees for the night.
He is a key player in many conservation initiatives including those focused on swallow-tailed kites and white-crowned pigeons.