Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various small insectivorous birds in the genus Enicurus.
  • n. A salmon in its fourth year's growth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of several Asiatic and East Indian passerine birds, belonging to Enucurus, and allied genera. The tail is deeply forked.
  • n. A salmon in its fourth year's growth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A fish with a forked tail, as the salmon and swordfish: a fishermen's term.
  • n. The kite: from its forked tail.
  • n. A bird of the family Henicuridœ.

Etymologies

fork +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His tones made it plain that the name of anguished, God-ridden Darwin was as distasteful as that of any other forktail fiend, Beelzebub, Asmodeus or Lucifer himself.

    The Satanic Verses

  • However, I went straight to the spot from which the forktail had flown, and found the nest after a little searching.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • I well remember the first occasion on which I saw a spotted forktail; I was walking down a Himalayan path, alongside of which a brook was flowing, when suddenly from a rock in mid-stream there arose a black-and-white apparition, that flitted away, displaying a long tail fluttering behind it.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • The forktail, however, has many of the habits of the true wagtail.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • There are no fewer than eight Indian species, but I propose to confine myself to the spotted forktail.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • This sound was not long in coming, and the moment I heard it, up I jumped like a Jack-in-the-box, but without the squeak, in time to see a forktail leave a spot on the bank about 6 feet above the water.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • "Striking" is, in my opinion, the correct adjective to apply to the spotted forktail (_Henicurus maculatus_).

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • This forktail is a trifle larger than a wagtail, and its tail is over 6 inches in length.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • Jerdon states that he does not remember ever having seen a forktail perch; nevertheless the bird frequently flies on to

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • The little forktail does not haunt the washerman's _ghat_ for the sake of human companionship, for it is a bird that usually avoids man.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

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