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wagtail

[ wag-teyl ]
/ ˈwægˌteɪl /
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noun

any of numerous small, chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long, narrow tail that is habitually wagged up and down.
any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus Seiurus.

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Origin of wagtail

First recorded in 1500–10; wag + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for wagtail

wagtail
/ (ˈwæɡˌteɪl) /

noun

any of various passerine songbirds of the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus, of Eurasia and Africa, having a very long tail that wags when the bird walks: family Motacillidae
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