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fantail

Line breaks: fan|tail
Pronunciation: /ˈfanteɪl
 
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Definition of fantail in English:

noun

1A fan-shaped tail or end.
Example sentences
  • Camilla wore a Philip Treacy natural straw hat overlaid with ivory French lace and trimmed with a fantail of feathers.
  • The skirt was hourglass shaped with a fantail train.
1.1chiefly North American The overhanging part of the stern of a boat, especially a warship: the skipper assigned me to duty on the fantail
More example sentences
  • They rigged up a rope ladder and hung it from the fantail and the liberty boat ran in under it.
  • Although most fleet Kingfishers were catapulted from the fantails of battleships and cruisers, the Navy also tried mounting them on the stern of destroyers.
  • Despite going to sea on a boat with no windows, no fantail, no helipad or even a hatch to allow in some tension-breaking fresh salt air, submariners are still sailors at heart.
2 (also fantail pigeon) A domestic pigeon of a broad-tailed variety.
Example sentences
  • A fantail pigeon will probably mate only if it catches the eye of the breeder; a wild pigeon will not mate unless it withstands the struggle for existence long enough to reach maturity.
  • Lamarck's Philosophie zoologique mentions the great variety of animal and plant forms produced under human cultivation (Lamarck even anticipated Darwin in mentioning fantail pigeons!
  • In that area were several bird houses crowded with gorgeous white fantail pigeons, who perched there or hopped down to walk around on the ground; a couple of Muscovy ducks; a sleepy dog.
3 (also fantail flycatcher) A flycatcher with a long tapering tail that is often fanned out, found mainly in SE Asia and Australasia.
  • Genus Rhipidura, family Monarchidae: numerous species
Example sentences
  • Along these roads are many walking tracks where native birds such as wood pigeons, bellbirds, weka and fantails can be seen and heard.
  • As you walk you have a good chance of seeing some native birds - brown creepers, bellbirds, grey warblers and fantails.
  • When you need to pause for breath look at the surrounding bush, listen to the birds and watch to see fantails, bellbirds, and native pigeons.

Derivatives

fan-tailed

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • I have a 30L tank with one fan tailed gold fish two multicoloured fan tailed fish and one black fan tailed fish.
  • It had a nicely drawn design of fan-tailed animals marching in opposing directions, row by row, and was done in the silky wool characteristic of good Baluch work.

Words that rhyme with fantail

tattletalebangtail

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