• WordNet 3.6
    • n fantail an overhang consisting of the fan-shaped part of the deck extending aft of the sternpost of a ship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fantail făn"tāl` (Zool) A variety of the domestic pigeon, so called from the shape of the tail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fantail A fan-tailed flycatcher; any bird of the genus Rhipidura, as the Australian fantail, R. motacilloides.
    • n fantail An artificial fan-tailed variety of the domestic pigeon.
    • n fantail A form of gas-burner.
    • n fantail A splayed tenon or mortise.
    • n fantail In shipbuilding, the projecting part of the stern of a yacht or other small vessel when it extends unusually far over the water abaft the stern-post.
    • fantail Same as fan-tailed, 1: specifically applied to small old-world warblers of the genus Cisticola, as C. cursitans of Europe.
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In literature:

In fact, the redstarts are the tiny fantail pigeons of the forest.
"Fisherman's Luck" by Henry van Dyke
The white-throated fantail flycatcher.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Drop some white sail-cloth over the yacht's name on her bows, and on the fantail.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
It was coloured in a peculiar manner, unlike any European Fantail, and, for a Fantail, had a remarkably short beak.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Vol. I." by Charles Darwin
It'll be dry by to-morrow morning, for this fantail rides high above the motors.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
They might eat through their basket, and get at my fantails.
"The Children of Wilton Chase" by Mrs. L. T. Meade
In these experiments the cross was made between black barbs and white fantails.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
As she spoke she held out a lump of sugar to a pretty white fantail which came flying to receive it.
"The Time of Roses" by L. T. Meade
JAVA, Fantail pigeon in, i.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The ubiquitous twins were in the stableyard when he rode in, raiding the corn bin for sustenance for their fantails.
"The Squire's Daughter" by Archibald Marshall
A cheer rose as the car cleared the fantail, dove, and disappeared.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
At last the pied fantail could bear it no longer, and he suddenly exploded with a loud guffaw.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
He could see the fantail pigeons of Cobble Place circling below.
"Sinister Street, vol. 1" by Compton Mackenzie
The Brown Flycatcher is almost as common as the Willie Wagtail (Black and White Fantail).
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Those lines on the christening of Lady Fanny Fantail brought tears into the Duchess's eyes.
"A History of Pendennis, Volume 1" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The Fantail; the African owl; the Short-faced Tumbler; the Indian Frill-back; and the Jacobin.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
He stood for a moment gazing upwards at the strutting fantails.
"Wild Adventures round the Pole" by Gordon Stables
One of them wore a fantail cap, and held a shovel and dust-basket.
"The Man with the Book" by John Matthias Weylland
Their carriage should resemble that of a good Fantail pigeon.
"Poultry" by Hugh Piper
Oh, aren't my fantails beauties!
"The Little Princess of Tower Hill" by L. T. Meade

In news:

This was moving week for Zach, our fantail goldfish.