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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 of fantail
1720-1730
1720-30; fan1 + tail1
Related forms
fan-tailed, adjective
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  • They set up the grill on the fantail of the ship and serve hamburgers with all the fixings.
  • We returned to the fantail to watch for the tender's approach.
  • The farthest aft bar opens up onto a deck overlooking the fantail.
  • The second level door has traceried sidelights and a fantail with decorative molding above the door.
  • Once the system is moved free of the fantail of the ship, it is lowered to the sea surface.
  • Host fish include redline darters and fantail darters.
British Dictionary definitions for fantail

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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