• 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

In news:

This was moving week for Zach, our fantail goldfish.