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[pin-teyl] /ˈpɪnˌteɪl/
noun, plural pintails (especially collectively) pintail.
a long-necked river duck, Anas acuta, of the Old and New Worlds, having long and narrow middle tail feathers.
Origin of pintail
1760-70; pin + tail1 Unabridged
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  • pintail are thought to be the wariest of puddle ducks requiring excellent concealment by the hunter.
  • Northern pintail resting on a marsh during morning sunrise.
  • Students draw from a deck of survival cards that determine the fate of a hen pintail and her brood.
  • Bag limits can vary significantly year to year depending on the nation-wide pintail population.
  • He stated that spring burning is more detrimental to early nesters such as mallard and pintail than to later nesting species.
British Dictionary definitions for pintail


noun (pl) -tails, -tail
a greyish-brown duck, Anas acuta, with slender pointed wings and a pointed tail
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Word Origin and History for pintail

type of duck, 1767, from pin (n.1) + tail (n.).

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