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lobtail

[lob-teyl]
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verb (used without object)
  1. (of a whale) to slap the flukes against the surface of the water.
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Origin of lobtail

1865–70 (as gerund); apparently lob1 in sense “to move heavily” + tail1
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Historical Examples

  • They have been reported pitchpoling (spy-hopping), lobtailing, and—rarely—breaching.

    Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic

    Stephen Leatherwood