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adjective Ornithology.
  1. having a tapered tail with long, pointed central feathers.
  2. having the feathers of the tail stiff, narrow, and pointed.
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Origin of pin-tailed

First recorded in 1870–75
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • Saw immense numbers of 167 Pin-tailed Ducks, but could not get near them.

    Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2

    Maria R. Audubon

  • The Pin-tailed species is known as Ganga, signifying a bargain, in reference to its edible qualities.