Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the outer tail feathers longer than the median ones; swallow-tailed; -- said of many birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a forked tail; scissor-tailed; swallow-tailed.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • The Strength of One Armis based on a dugong - (a fork-tailed manatee) that sailors, she tells me, used to mistake as mermaids.

    Spread ArtCulture: Patricia Piccinini's World of Creatures Great & Small

  • The Strength of One Armis based on a dugong - a fork-tailed manatee that sailors, she tells me, used to mistake as mermaids.

    Spread ArtCulture: Patricia Piccinini's World of Creatures Great & Small

  • High over them all, arched, black, angular, fork-tailed, and crooked winged like a terror of prehistory circled the magnificent frigate birds.

    Kook

  • I have only an index-less proof copy but, without too much trouble, I've found accounts of Leonardo da Vinci's obsession with fork-tailed birds, swallows as well as kites.

    Peter Stothard - Times Online - WBLG:

  • As I wrote in my 2004 book list back when I read it: "PI does not have white sand and those traffic jams at the gatehouse during the fork-tailed flycatcher's visit that year were definitely people who came to see the bird."

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • That's why I laughed my ... off when I read in Mark Obmascik's The Big Year that when one of the competitors comes to tick off the fork-tailed flycacther at Parker River NWR the cars lined up at the gatehouse are there for the "white sand beaches" and not for the fork-tailed flycatcher.

    undiscovered

  • And when there's a rarity like a black-tailed godwit or a fork-tailed flycatcher, the traffic jams on the refuge's one road are legendary.

    undiscovered

  • I remember watching the barn swallows on my grandparent's farm, fork-tailed acrobats of the sky, darting in and out of rafters, following roads only they could see, living life just ahead of their bodies.

    Ghost Story: Coma Gives Injured Biker New Insight

  • The Germans used to call it "the fork-tailed devil."

    The Sudden Curve:

  • From the top tray, she picked up a small ivory carving, a fork-tailed swallow dark yellow with years, and stroked her thumb along the curved wings.

    Knife of Dreams

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