Definitions for wagtailˈwægˌteɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wag•tailˈwægˌteɪl(n.)

  1. any of various slim, usu. boldly patterned songbirds of the family Motacillidae, mainly of Eurasia and Africa, having a long tail that wags up and down when the bird is still.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus

    Seiurus.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of wagtail:

1500–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wagtail(noun)

    Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks

Wiktionary

  1. wagtail(Noun)

    Any of various small passerine birds of the family Motacillidae, of the Old World, notable for their long tails.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wagtail(noun)

    any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to Motacilla and several allied genera of the family Motacillidae. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name

Freebase

  1. Wagtail

    The wagtails form the passerine bird genus Motacilla. They are small birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Motacilla, the root of the family and genus name, means moving tail. The Forest Wagtail belongs to the monotypic genus Dendronanthus which is closely related to Motacilla and sometimes included herein. The Willie Wagtail of Australia is an unrelated bird similar in colouration and shape to the Japanese Wagtail. It belongs to the fantail flycatchers.

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