swallowtail
noun Date: 1703 1. a deeply forked and tapering tail (as of a swallow) 2. tailcoat 3. any of various usually large brightly marked butterflies (family Papilionidae, especially genus Papilio) with each hind wing typically having an elongated process • swallow-tailed adjective

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  • Swallowtail — Swal low*tail , n. 1. (Carp.) A kind of tenon or tongue used in making joints. See {Dovetail}. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) A species of willow. [1913 Webster] 3. (Fort.) An outwork with converging sides, its head or front forming a re[ e]ntrant… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swallowtail — may refer to:* Swallow tail coat, a formal coat worn traditionally as part of white tie dress, also known as a tailcoat. * Swallowtail butterfly, large colorful butterflies from the family Papilionidae. * The 1996 film Swallowtail Butterfly,… …   Wikipedia

  • swallowtail — 1540s, of a type of arrowhead, from SWALLOW (Cf. swallow) (n.) + TAIL (Cf. tail) (n.). Of a type of butterfly, by 1776; of a type of coat, 1835 …   Etymology dictionary

  • swallowtail — ► NOUN 1) a deeply forked tail. 2) a large brightly coloured butterfly with tail like projections on the hindwings …   English terms dictionary

  • swallowtail — [swäl′ōtāl΄] n. 1. something having a forked shape like that of a swallow s tail 2. any of a large family (Papilionidae) of brightly colored butterflies found worldwide, having the hind wings extended in taillike points 3. TAILCOAT …   English World dictionary

  • swallowtail — /swol oh tayl /, n. 1. the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow. 2. any of several butterflies of the genus Papilio, characterized by elongated hind wings that resemble the tail of a swallow, as P. polyxenes (black… …   Universalium

  • swallowtail — Priestcap Priest cap , n. (Fort.) A form of redan, so named from its shape; called also {swallowtail}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swallowtail — noun /ˈswɒl.əʊˌteɪl/ a) the forked tail of a swallow. b) anything, such as a burgee, of a similar forked shape …   Wiktionary

  • swallowtail — n. forked tail of a swallow; any of a number of butterflies having elongated hind wings that resemble the tail of a swallow …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swallowtail — noun 1》 a deeply forked tail. 2》 a large brightly coloured butterfly with tail like projections on the hindwings. [Papilio machaon and other species, family Papilionidae.] Derivatives swallow tailed adjective …   English new terms dictionary

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