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lobtail

[ lob-teyl ]
/ ˈlɒbˌteɪl /
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verb (used without object)

(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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