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[swol-oh-teyld] /ˈswɒl oʊˌteɪld/
having a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow, as various birds.
having an end or part suggesting a swallow's tail.
(of a flag) having a triangular indentation in the fly so as to create two tails.
Origin of swallow-tailed
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • So there he was, arrayed in jaunty cap, and a swallow-tailed coat with brass buttons.

  • The beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat were kept in the lead.

    Negro Tales Joseph Seamon Cotter
  • The caterpillars of the swallow-tailed moths, when irritated, give out an offensive smell, but they are unable to 'spray.'

  • The Commodore's broad pendant is a swallow-tailed blue flag, with one white star in the centre.

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • He wears a beaver hat and swallow-tailed coat, girdled with a sailor-belt and sheath-knife.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • The antics of the swallow-tailed Kite during the mating season are particularly interesting.

  • He had on a swallow-tailed coat, but it did not fit him, so I conclude it was borrowed or hired for the occasion.

  • I will stop here and get my beaver hat, white vest, and swallow-tailed coat.

    Negro Tales Joseph Seamon Cotter
  • The commodore's broad pendant is a very similar flag, but it tapers slightly, and is swallow-tailed.

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • The swallow-tailed silk flag in use by dragoon regiments, instead of a standard.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
British Dictionary definitions for swallow-tailed


(of a bird) having a deeply forked tail
having a part resembling a swallow's tail
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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