lobtail

[ lob-teyl ]
/ ˈlɒbˌteɪl /

verb (used without object)

(of a whale) to slap the flukes against the surface of the water.

Nearby words

  1. lobster-tail helmet,
  2. lobsterback,
  3. lobstering,
  4. lobsterman,
  5. lobstick,
  6. lobular,
  7. lobular glomerulonephritis,
  8. lobular pump,
  9. lobulate,
  10. lobule

Origin of lobtail

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

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