wagtail
noun Date: 1510 any of various chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Motacillidae) related to the pipits and having a long tail that they habitually jerk up and down

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, , (Mergus merganser or Mergus castor) /


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  • wagtail — ► NOUN ▪ a slender songbird with a long tail that is frequently wagged up and down …   English terms dictionary

  • wagtail — [wag′tāl΄] n. 1. any of numerous small passerine birds (family Motacillidae) mostly native to Europe, characterized by long wing feathers and a very long tail that wags up and down ☆ 2. any of various similar birds, as an American waterthrush …   English World dictionary

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  • wagtail — /wag tayl /, n. 1. any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and down. 2. any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the… …   Universalium

  • wagtail —    ‘Thou wagtail’ was a commonly used vocative in the seventeenth century. Applied to a young man it was usually contemptuous, applied to a woman it was always contemptuous, and was roughly equivalent to calling her a whore.    The term is in no… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • wagtail — UK [ˈwæɡˌteɪl] / US noun [countable] Word forms wagtail : singular wagtail plural wagtails a small bird with a long tail that quickly moves up and down when the bird walks …   English dictionary

  • wagtail — [[t]wæ̱gteɪl[/t]] wagtails N COUNT A wagtail is a type of small bird which moves its tail quickly up and down as it walks …   English dictionary

  • wagtail — noun a slender songbird with a long tail that is frequently wagged up and down. [Motacilla alba (pied wagtail) and other species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • wagtail — /ˈwægteɪl / (say wagtayl) noun 1. any of numerous small, chiefly Eurasian birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail which is habitually wagged up and down; a number of species are irregular migrants or… …   Australian English dictionary

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