noun (plural pintail or pintails) Date: 1768 a bird having elongated central tail feathers; especially a slender duck (Anas acuta) of the northern hemisphere with the male having a brown head, a white breast with a white line continuing up the side of the neck, and chiefly gray upperparts

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  • pintail — [pin′tāl΄] n. pl. pintails or pintail 1. any of several ducks, esp. a species (Anas acuta) with a long neck and long, pointed middle tail feathers ☆ 2. any variety of grouse with a long, pointed tail pintailed [pin′tāld΄] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Pintail — Pin tail , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A northern duck ({Dafila acuta}), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also {gray duck}, {piketail}, {piket tail}, {spike tail}, {split tail}, {springtail}, {sea pheasant}, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pintail — ► NOUN ▪ a duck with a long pointed tail …   English terms dictionary

  • pintail — /pin tayl /, n., pl. pintails, (esp. collectively) pintail. 1. a long necked river duck, Anas acuta, of the Old and New Worlds, having long and narrow middle tail feathers. 2. See sharp tailed grouse. [1760 70; PIN + TAIL1] * * * Any of four… …   Universalium

  • pintail — /ˈpɪnteɪl/ (say pintayl) noun 1. → rainbow bee eater. 2. any of various ducks of the genus Anas, having long narrow middle tail feathers, as the northern pintail, A. acuta, a long necked duck of the Old and New Worlds. 3. the pin tailed sand… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pintail — noun A dabbling duck, Anas acuta, of the northern hemisphere that has a long pointed tail …   Wiktionary

  • pintail — n. species of long necked duck that lives in Europe and North America …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pintail — noun a duck with a long pointed tail. [Anas acuta and related species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • pintail — pin•tail [[t]ˈpɪnˌteɪl[/t]] n. pl. tails, (esp. collectively) tail. orn any of several slim dabbling ducks with a long, pointed tail, esp. Anas acuta, of the Northern Hemisphere • Etymology: 1760–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • pintail — n. a duck, esp. Anas acuta, or grouse with a pointed tail …   Useful english dictionary

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