Racket-tail

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Racket-tail răk"ĕt-tāl (Zoöl) Any one of several species of humming birds of the genus Steganura, having two of the tail feathers very long and racket-shaped.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n racket-tail A humming-bird of the genus Discurus and related forms, having two feathers of the tail shaped like rackets.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Racket-tail a humming-bird with two feathers like rackets
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. rachete (Fr. raquette)—Sp. raqueta—Ar. rāhat, the palm of the hand.

Usage

In literature:

Them bullocks heard the racket, and are flinging their tails about now on the keen jump.
"Omoo: Adventures in the South Seas" by Herman Melville
It was the racket-tailed king-fisher.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
The rapid flying white-booted racket-tail is likewise common near Santa Fe.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
DRONGOS, racket-shaped feathers in the tails of, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
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In news:

The male also has two unusual tail feathers with bare shafts and racket tips.
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