• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Boat-tail (Zoöl) A large grackle or blackbird (Quiscalus major), found in the Southern United States.
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In literature:

Had it been possible I would have turned tail and fled, but the boats were burned behind me, and I had no choice.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
One way or another there was soon a long tail of boats floating astern of the gospel-ship, and a goodly congregation on her deck.
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
In a few seconds we saw them hurrying back to the boat, one of them swinging the poor cat round his head by the tail.
"The Coral Island" by R.M. Ballantyne
With a single rap of her tail she cut one of the boats in two, and then darted off.
"Fighting the Whales" by R.M. Ballantyne
The boat had settled on its own tail fins, and his feet were higher than his head, and he felt ridiculous.
"Sand Doom" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The mate's boat was lowered and a chain was passed around the whale's body just forward of the tail.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
The men backed the boat a little, and the guide just touched the tail of the reptile.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
It was a boat filled with forms, the oar-blades rising and tailing in measured stroke, flashing the phosphorescence on both sides.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
A fish which was struck very near the ship, by a blow of its tail, stove a small hole in the boat's bow.
"Thrilling Narratives of Mutiny, Murder and Piracy" by Anonymous
Findley saw Boat-tailed Grackles 2 mi.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban

In poetry:

Then the water did descend on the men in the boats,
Which wet their trousers and also their coats;
But it only made them the more determined to catch the whale,
But the whale shook at them his tail.
"The Famous Tay Whale" by William Topaz McGonagall
So they got a rope from each boat tied round his tail,
And landed their burden at Stonehaven without fail;
And when the people saw it their voices they did raise,
Declaring that the brave fishermen deserved great praise.
"The Famous Tay Whale" by William Topaz McGonagall
'Tis most beautiful to see and hear the whales whistling and blowing,
And the sailors in their small boats quickly after them rowing,
While the whales keep lashing the water all their might
With their mighty tails, left and right.
"Greenland's Icy Mountains" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

DIY 'Boat Tail' Gives Little Car Big Fuel Economy.
In his endless quest to squeeze every possible mile from a gallon of gasoline, our friend Darin Cosgrove has given his econobox a homemade boat tail and boosted his fuel economy to 64 mpg.
The Coast Guard said Thursday it received a call from a charter boat reporting an adult male humpback whale was entangled in fishing nets from head to tail.
Their appeal continues at the boat, with the species' handsome good looks - sporting a bright lemon-yellow stripe running midway down the body from eye to brilliant yellow tail , separating its metallic green dorsal from a white underbelly.
Garrett says the 18-foot shark circled the boat for several minutes, nudged it with its nose and slapped it with its tail.
The fish was tail-wrapped and took five hours to boat.
An SUV pulling a boat on Highway 78 Sunday in Otter Tail County left the roadway and entered a body of water, leaving three people injured.
18-year-old Seriously Injured in Otter Tail County Boating Accident.
Due to rising water levels, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will no longer allow launching and loading boats directly from Highway 59 to Sand Lake in Otter Tail County.