American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A scissor-tailed flycatcher.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American bird of the family Tyrannidæ and genus Milvulus; a scissor-tailed flycatcher. The name applies to two distinct species. One of these scissor-birds is M. tyrannus, called the fork-tailed flycatcher, distinguished from
M. forficatus, the swallowtail flycatcher, to which the name scissortail most frequently applies, because the bird is so much commoner than the other in English-speaking countries. See Milvulus.
- n. grey flycatcher of the southwestern United States and Mexico and Central America having a long forked tail and white breast and salmon and scarlet markings
“Some common Great Plains animals, such as black-tailed jackrabbit and the scissortail flycatcher, range farther east through the Grand Prairie, creating an overlap in Great Plains and eastern forest species.”
“Female scissortail sergeants gauge potential mates with a small batch of 'test' eggs before breeding with them, according to an ecologist.”
“a golden meadowlark, then a darker scissortail snipping the air off behind it in swift flight.”
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Compound adjectives - based on the FAO ASFIS list of waterborne species.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
scintilla is the most favoured one
with 95 listings
ironically more than a scintilla of recognition
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