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wagtail

[wag-teyl] /ˈwægˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and down.
2.
any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus Seiurus.
Origin
1500-1510
1500-10; wag + tail1
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  • Most of the scouts then return and report to the others its location by performing a wagtail dance on the surface of the swarm.
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wagtail

/ˈwæɡˌteɪl/
noun
1.
any of various passerine songbirds of the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus, of Eurasia and Africa, having a very long tail that wags when the bird walks: family Motacillidae
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