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[pin-teyl] /ˈpɪnˌteɪl/
noun, plural pintails (especially collectively) pintail.
a long-necked river duck, Anas acuta, of the Old and New Worlds, having long and narrow middle tail feathers.
Origin of pintail
First recorded in 1760-70; pin + tail1 Unabridged
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  • This applies chiefly to wigeon, but we have frequently observed the same trait in pintail and occasionally in other species.

    Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman
  • The pintail flies well and rapidly, the wings making a peculiar and easily recognised swishing sound.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Among the earliest of the birds to forsake the plains of Hindustan are the grey-lag goose and the pintail duck.

  • The pintail snipe (Gallinago stenura) are invariably the first to appear, but they visit only the eastern parts of Northern India.

  • By the third week in August good bags of pintail snipe are sometimes obtained in Bengal.

  • Just before noon on the following day the pintail passed close to a water-logged ship's boat.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The pintail's skipper never left the bridge for thirty-six hours.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The movements of pintail, as just stated, are clearly regulated by the state of water in the marshes.

  • All of the first three species are abundant, as are also the scaup, baldpate, redhead and Bahaman pintail.

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
  • The pintail is an occasional autumn and Winter visitant, but never very common.

British Dictionary definitions for pintail


noun (pl) -tails, -tail
a greyish-brown duck, Anas acuta, with slender pointed wings and a pointed tail
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Word Origin and History for pintail

type of duck, 1767, from pin (n.1) + tail (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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