from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having long and spatulate, or racket-shaped, tail feathers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the tail formed in part like a racket; having a racket on the tail, as the motmots (Momotidæ), certain humming-birds (Discurus, etc.), or a parrakeet of the genus Prioniturus.


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  • The greater racket-tailed drongo mimics the songs of other birds.

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  • The handsome _Bhimraj_ or larger racket-tailed drongo (_Dissemurus paradiseus_), a glorified king-crow with a tail fully 20 inches in length, is a Himalayan bird, but he dwells far from the madding crowd, and is not likely to be seen at any hill station except as a captive.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • It was the same with the lovely racket-tailed kingfishers and the fly-catchers, some of which had tails double the length of their own bodies, and of a delicacy that was beautiful in the extreme.

    Nat the Naturalist A Boy's Adventures in the Eastern Seas

  • Now it was a white eagle, then a vividly plumaged kingfisher, or a kind of black, racket-tailed daw with glossy plumage.

    Middy and Ensign

  • Caledonia and the racket-tailed parrot of the Philippines.

    How to See the British Museum in Four Visits

  • Guide to the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent, spotted greater racket-tailed drongos, white-cheeked barbets and Malabar parakeets, among other species.

    NYT > Home Page


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