swallowtail

swallowtail
/swol"oh tayl'/, n.
1. the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow.
2. any of several butterflies of the genus Papilio, characterized by elongated hind wings that resemble the tail of a swallow, as P. polyxenes (black swallowtail). Cf. spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, zebra swallowtail.
3. See tail coat.
[1535-45; SWALLOW2 + TAIL1]

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