1. Also called scis·sor·tailed fly·catcher [siz-er-teyld] /ˈsɪz ərˌteɪld/. a flycatcher, Muscivora forficatus, of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America, having a long, deeply forked tail.
  2. any of various other birds having a long, forked tail.

Origin of scissortail

First recorded in 1830–40; scissor(s) + tail1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018