Definition of scissortail in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɪzəteɪl/


1 (also scissor-tailed flycatcher) A tyrant flycatcher with a very long forked tail, found in the southern US and noted for its spectacular aerial display.
  • Tyrannus forficatus, family Tyrannidae.
Example sentences
  • In those days scissor-tailed flycatchers were still uncommon in our part of the world, and seemed nearly as exotic to us as toucans.
  • As I stood there on my sister's porch, the first scissor-tailed flycatcher of the spring flew over.
  • Was it a member of the winged flock that was in the running for Oklahoma's state bird, an honor ultimately bestowed on the swallow-tailed scissortail flycatcher?
2 (also scissors-tail) A small SE Asian freshwater fish with a deeply forked tail.
  • Rasbora trilineata, family Cyprinidae.

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