Definition of spinetail in English:

spinetail

Line breaks: spine|tail
Pronunciation: /ˈspʌɪnteɪl
 
/

noun

Any of a number of birds with pointed feather tips projecting beyond the tail:
  • (also spine-tailed swift) A mainly African and Asian swift (several genera in the family Apodidae).A small tropical American ovenbird (Synallaxis and other genera, family Furnariidae).
More example sentences
  • There are two subfamilies of swifts: 13 species of Cypseloidinae (primitive American swifts) and 79 species of Apodinae (swiftlets, spinetails and typical swifts).
  • The jacket says ‘several plates have been revised by the artist’ but I found only one change: a new Plate 10 for African spinetails.
  • We came across a pair of agitated crested spinetails and a very active grey-throated leaftosser.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day dinkum
Pronunciation: ˈdɪŋkəm
adjective
(of an article or person) genuine, honest, true