from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The deeply forked tail of a swallow.
- n. Something similar to the tail of a swallow.
- n. See tailcoat.
- n. 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 tails of certain swallows.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the forked tail of a swallow.
- n. anything, such as a burgee, of a similar forked shape.
- n. a type of tailcoat with two long tapering tails.
- n. any of various butterflies of the family Papilionidae, having a forked extension to the hind wing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of tenon or tongue used in making joints. See dovetail.
- n. A species of willow.
- n. An outwork with converging sides, its head or front forming a reëntrant angle; -- so called from its form. Called also priestcap.
- n. A swallow-tailed coat.
- n. An arrow.
- n. Any one of numerous species of large and handsome butterflies, belonging to Papilio and allied genera, in which the posterior border of each hind wing is prolongated in the form of a long lobe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A swallow's tail; hence, a long and deeply forked or forficate tail, like that of the barn-swallow.
- n. A swallow-tailed animal.
- n. Something resembling in form or suggesting the forked tail of a swallow.
- n. In joinery, same as dovetail.
- n. In fortification, same as bonnet à prêtre (which see, under bonnet).
- n. A Swallow-tailed coat; a dress-coat.
- n. The points of a burgee.
- n. A broad or barbed arrow-head.
- Same as swallow-tailed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a man's full-dress jacket with two long tapering tails at the back
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