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fantail

[fan-teyl] /ˈfænˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a tail, end, or part shaped like a fan.
2.
one of a breed of domestic pigeons, having a fan-shaped tail.
3.
any of various small birds having fanlike tails, as the Old World flycatchers of the genus Rhipidura and the American wood warblers of the genus Euthlypis.
5.
Building Trades, Architecture. a structure or structural member having a number of radiating parts, as an arch centering.
6.
Nautical.
  1. the part of a rounded stern extending abaft the aftermost perpendicular; rounded counter.
  2. the area within this.
7.
Western U.S. a mustang.
adjective
8.
Cookery. (of shrimp) shelled, split almost through, and flattened slightly before cooking.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; fan1 + tail1
Related forms
fan-tailed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fan-tailed

fantail

/ˈfænˌteɪl/
noun
1.
a breed of domestic pigeon having a large tail that can be opened like a fan
2.
any Old World flycatcher of the genus Rhipidura, of Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia, having a broad fan-shaped tail
3.
a tail shaped like an outspread fan
4.
(architect) a part or structure having a number of components radiating from a common centre
5.
a burner that ejects fuel to produce a wide flat flame in a lamp or furnace
6.
a flat jet of air and coal dust projected into the air stream of a pulverized-coal furnace
7.
an auxiliary sail on the upper portion of a windmill that turns the mill to face the wind
8.
(US) a curved part of the deck projecting aft of the sternpost of a ship
Derived Forms
fan-tailed, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for fan-tailed

fantail

any of numerous birds of the Old World subfamily Rhipidurinae, family Muscicapidae (q.v.). Some authors retain these birds in the subfamily Muscicapinae. The fantails constitute the genus Rhipidura. Fantails are native to forest clearings, riverbanks, and beaches from southern Asia to New Zealand; some have become tame garden birds. Most of the two dozen species are coloured in shades of gray, black, brown, or rufous, often accented with areas of white, especially on the belly, eyebrows, and tail. They are named from their habit of constantly wagging and spreading their long, rounded tails. They build small cup nests, which are so finely bound in cobweb that they seem shellacked.

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