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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.
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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
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(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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
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[ˈswɒləʊteɪl] N (= butterfly) → macaón m
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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.
A few of the stunning examples of butterflies include the Hedgerow Hairstreak, the Jutta Arctic, the Tiger Swallowtail, the Xami Hairstreak, and the Zerene Fritillary.
Translated, his message was this: In the Canadaway Creek Nature Sanctuary, a wildlife preserve that borders the creek over the last few hundred yards of its flow across the Lake Erie plain and into the lake, he'd found five giant swallowtail butterflies.
His favourite creature is the African papilio ophidicephalus, also known as the Emperor Swallowtail, which comes from Malawi and is black and yellow with red eye spots.
Washington, May 20 (ANI): A group of Japanese researchers has succeeded in building a fully functional replica model - an ornithopter - of a swallowtail butterfly, and they have filmed it flying.
Among the critically endangered insects were the Marinduque swallowtail (Menelaides luzviae) and the Leyte swallowtail (Chilasa osmana), both butterflies heavily collected for international trade.
Library staff members raise monarch, swallowtail, and painted lady butterflies and visitors enjoy seeing the transformation occur.
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Dill is the favorite host plant of black swallowtail caterpillars.
An octagonal lighthouse built in 1860, Swallowtail, in North Head, is a great place to spot tail flukes and acrobatic seals.
tears An octagonal lighthouse built in 1860, Swallowtail, in North Head, is a great place to spot tail flukes and acrobatic seals.