the tail of a swallow or a deeply forked tail like that of a swallow.
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)
Compare spicebush swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, zebra swallowtail.
any of various butterflies of the genus Papilio and related genera, esp P. machaon of Europe, having a tail-like extension of each hind wing: family Papilionidae
the forked tail of a swallow or similar bird
short for swallow-tailed coat
- Swallow-tailed coat
noun 1. tail coat. swallow-tailed coat noun 1. another name for tail coat
- Swallow-tailed kite
noun 1. an American kite, Elanoides forficatus, having black upper parts, white head and underparts, and a long, deeply forked tail.
[swol-oh-tan-uh-jer] /ˈswɒl oʊˈtæn ə dʒər/ noun 1. a tropical American bird, Tersina viridis, related to the true tanagers but with longer, swallowlike wings.
- Swallow the dictionary