Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the tail boatshaped. See boat-shaped.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • So, I e-mailed the pictures to John, who writes A DC Birding Blog, and he identified it as a female boat-tailed grackle (Quiscalus major).

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • So, I e-mailed the pictures to John, who writes A DC Birding Blog, and he identified it as a female boat-tailed grackle Quiscalus major.

    Boat-tailed grackle from Florida

  • We'll use your out-of-date platform for the Mercedes SLK, which you're abandoning anyway, topped by our version of a '30's boat-tailed roadster body.

    Christopher Platt: Chrysler to Daimler: "Drop Dead!"

  • Mourning doves, ground doves, and common nighthawks nest and feed within the dune areas, while boat-tailed grackles and red-winged blackbirds feed on seed oat seeds in the fall.

    North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • It took the 180-grain boat-tailed Sierra bullet 1.3 seconds to reach the tower.

    Pressure Point

  • Land ordered match-grade boat-tailed ammo in lots.

    ONE SHOT-ONE KILL

  • As the waters ran away, leaving their spume behind to melt into the sand, a few of the plovers, sanderlings and funny boat-tailed grackles gave chase.

    Silver Wings, Santiago Blue

  • The great-tailed is more uniformly colored than the boat-tailed and slightly bigger.

    Corpus Christi Caller Times, Caller.com Stories

  • Glossy, boat-tailed grackles had scared them off, she said, but I was to come in, sit on the porch, not move a muscle, and they might come back.

    Berkshire Eagle Most Viewed

  • On this car, when the wooden propeller is spinning at full speed and efficiently, this little 1,000-pound boat-tailed skiff can hit freeway speeds exceeding 75 mph.

    Agent 1776

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  • They do look like separate species to the untrained eye. Lots of other birds have fooled me that way too--including our friend the Red-Winged Blackbird.

    September 17, 2009

  • When I first moved to Florida I seriously thought the black/purple/green irridescent male boat-tailed grackle and the smaller sooty ochre-colored females were two separate corvid species. Fooled me for a few weeks!

    September 17, 2009