Definition of stifftail in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈstiftāl/
(also stiff-tailed duck)


A diving duck with a stiff tail of pointed feathers, often held up at an angle.
  • Family Anatidae: four genera, in particular Oxyura, and several species, e.g., the ruddy duck.
Example sentences
  • A couple of years ago, a pair of ruddy duck arrived: small, sexually aggressive stifftail ducks with bright blue bills.
  • Some of his books are technical surveys of groups such as owls, hummingbirds, and stifftail ducks.
  • Modern authors accept that we are dealing with two species of stifftail in Europe.

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Syllabification: stiff·tail

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