[ boht-teyld ]
/ ˈboʊtˌteɪld /
a large grackle, Quiscalus major, of the southeastern U.S., that folds its tail into a shape resembling the keel of a boat.
English Words From The PharaohsMost people recognize Ancient Greek and Latin as the primary donors to the English language. However, some of the most ancient words in English actually trace back to Ancient Egypt.
Origin of boat-tailed grackle
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
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