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a. The deeply forked tail of a swallow.
b. Something similar to the tail of a swallow.
2. See tailcoat.
3. Any of various colorful, widely distributed butterflies of the family Papilionidae, usually having an extension at the end of each hind wing that resembles the tail of certain swallows.


1. (Animals) any of various butterflies of the genus Papilio and related genera, esp P. machaon of Europe, having a tail-like extension of each hind wing: family Papilionidae
2. (Zoology) the forked tail of a swallow or similar bird
3. (Clothing & Fashion) short for swallow-tailed coat


(ˈswɒl oʊˌteɪl)

1. the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow.
2. any of several butterflies of the genus Papilio, characterized by elongated hind wings.
swal′low•tailed`, adj.
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Noun1.swallowtail - a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the backswallowtail - a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back
dress suit, full dress, tail coat, tailcoat, tails, white tie and tails, white tie - formalwear consisting of full evening dress for men
jacket - a short coat
morning dress - formal attire for men during the daytime


[ˈswɒləʊteɪl] N (= butterfly) → macaón m
References in classic literature ?
For dress the insect wore a dark-blue swallowtail coat with a yellow silk lining and a flower in the button-hole; a vest of white duck that stretched tightly across the wide body; knickerbockers of fawn-colored plush, fastened at the knees with gilt buckles; and, perched upon its small head, was jauntily set a tall silk hat.
Sexual selection and dimorphism in female tiger swallowtails, Papilio glaucus L.
Like me, you might be picturing the "blind taste test"--"four out of five blackbirds prefer the taste of Swallowtails to Monarchs.
The swallowtails are a family of butterflies (Papilionoideae) that are easily identified by their large size and the projections (tails) that extend from the back of the hind wings.
Because no one has published quantitative studies of lethal doses, Berenbaum declines to say whether black swallowtails are more or less susceptible to Bt than are monarchs.
From graceful swallowtails to tiny blue moths, they danced from blossom to blossom through the shadow and the light, the sheer volume of trembling wings emitting a soft buzz.
Monarchs, swallowtails, and fiery skippers (among many others) can land and drink easily; orange and red are preferred colors.
Monarchs, swallowtails, cabbage whites and skippers take advantage of the many flowers that produce the nectar the insects need.
Pipevine swallowtails learned a preference for yellow or magenta within 10 visits to treat-laden flowers, reported Weiss in the May 1997 Animal Behaviour.
Boldly marked zebra swallowtails, Eurytides Marcellus, often appear in early spring, followed by the Eastern tiger swallowtails, Pterourus glaucus, and the large Diana, Speyeria diana.
The black swallowtails feed on herbs like dill and parsley before forming a chrysalis and emerging in adult form, while the monarchs feed on milkweed, which Christie harvests each day.
In family Papilionoidae swallowtails butterflies are colorful and large in numbers including 550 species.