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[swol-oh-teyld] /ˈswɒl oʊˌteɪld/
having a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow, as various birds.
having an end or part suggesting a swallow's tail.
(of a flag) having a triangular indentation in the fly so as to create two tails.
Origin of swallow-tailed
1690-1700 Unabridged
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  • Don't forget to look up to catch a glimpse of a red-shoulder hawk, swallow-tailed kite or osprey.
  • Osprey, swallow-tailed kite and bald eagles are among the ninety species that nest on the area.
  • Many birds inhabit this swampy country, including the swallow-tailed kite, a delicate and strikingly colored raptor.
  • Landowners are protecting nesting areas and roosting sites for the swallow-tailed kite, especially in southeastern timberlands.
  • swallow-tailed kites, prothonotary warblers and barred owls are all common feathered inhabitants.
  • These wetland areas support a number of listed at-risk species and migratory birds such as the swallow-tailed kite.
  • Pig frogs grunt their chorus from the swamps and swallow-tailed kites soar overhead.
  • The swallow-tailed kite, a state endangered species, is frequently seen soaring over the forest with its long forked tail.
  • Osprey, swallow-tailed kite, and bald eagle activity peaks during late spring.
British Dictionary definitions for swallow-tailed


(of a bird) having a deeply forked tail
having a part resembling a swallow's tail
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