from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the tail quills ending in sharp, naked tips.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In ornithology:
- Having stiff and generally acuminate tail-feathers; dendrocolaptine; sclerurine.
- Having mucronate shafts of the tail-feathers; chæturine.
- In herpetology, having the tail ending in a spine, as a serpent. See fer-de-lance, and cuts under Craspidocephalus and Cyclura.
- In entomology, having the abdomen ending in a spine or spines.
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The species was not definitely ascertained; but it may have been the spine-tailed, the conspicuous feature of the
In one instance a bird never known to alight was included — the spine-tailed swift, which occasionally tarries for a meal in the air.