• WordNet 3.6
    • n pintail long-necked river duck of the Old and New Worlds having elongated central tail feathers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pintail (Zoöl) A northern duck (Dafila acuta), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also gray duck piketail piket-tail spike-tail split-tail springtail sea pheasant, and gray widgeon.
    • Pintail (Zoöl) The sharp-tailed grouse of the great plains and Rocky Mountains (Pediocætes phasianellus); -- called also pintailed grouse pintailed chicken springtail, and sharptail.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pintail Same as pintailed.
    • n pintail The pin-tailed duck, Dafila acuta. Also called, from the peculiarity of the tail, pickettail, pigeontail, piketail, sharptail, spiketail, spindletail, splittail, sprigtail, sprittail or spreettail, and kite-tailed widgeon. See cut under Dafila.
    • n pintail The ruddy duck, Erismatura rubida.
    • n pintail The sharp-tailed or pin-tailed grouse, Pediœcetes phasianellus, more fully called pintail chicken.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pintail a genus of ducks, one handsome species of which is a winter visitor to many parts of the British coast
    • Pintail . See Pin.
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In literature:

Among the earliest of the birds to forsake the plains of Hindustan are the grey-lag goose and the pintail duck.
"A Bird Calendar for Northern India" by Douglas Dewar
There were pochard and pintail and one like a mallard.
"From Edinburgh to India & Burmah" by William G. Burn Murdoch
These were the only two pintails observed in this area.
"Birds Found on the Arctic Slope of Northern Alaska" by James W. Bee
DUCK, pintail, pairing with a wigeon, ii.
"The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex" by Charles Darwin
The Pintail Duck is a northern bird which visits our shores in small parties, during severe winters, and it nests sometimes in Ireland.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
These were chiefly Mallards, with Pintails and Pochards (both species), a few Teal, Garganey, and probably other species.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
The Brown Pintail is the commonest Duck in the Argentine Republic, and unites in the largest flocks.
"Argentine Ornithology, Volume II (of 2)" by P. L. Sclater

In poetry:

Lo, the black swan, paddling slowly,
Pintail ducks, and sheldrakes holy,
Nile-goose flaked, and herons gray,
Silver-voiced at fall of day!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore

In news:

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads.
They don't evoke the sense of wonder as the appearance of seasonal migrants such as blue-winged teal, pintails and mallards.
Pintail , Canada geese daily bag limits rise.
It wasn't that long ago that shooting a pintail was a big no-no during duck season.
Every year, the US Fish and Wildlife Service counts ducks on the breeding grounds and the number of pintails was down.
Brian Hauptman put his boat on a local lake Sunday and managed to scratch down a typical Sandhills mixed bag, including a mallard, pintail, redhead and three teal.
Mark and Pat Shough will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house from 2-5 pm Sunday, Aug 7, at 4202 Pintail Lane N.E.
Although it was a bit warm for the Southeast Texas duck season opener on Saturday, Nov 3, most hunters that had access to fresh water did very well with lots of limits that included teal, gadwall, pintails and widgeon.
Guide Dwayne Lowrey reports that he put his hunters on easy limits of teal, gadwall, widgeon and pintails while hunting a flooded field near Port Lavaca.