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  • Below the belt the garment cut back and down just as sharply to come together in a swallow-tail like a formal coat.

    Arcana Magi - c.1: Oryn Zentharis, Seeker of the Truth

  • Tall, angular and awkward, he had on a short-waisted, thin swallow-tail coat, a short vest of the same material, thin pantaloons, scarcely coming to his ankles, a straw hat and a pair of brogans with woolen socks.

    hughstimson.org » Blog Archive » Polygon, the County Clerk

  • His coat was of light-weight cloth with voluminous revers, a long swallow-tail and large steel buttons.

    Les Miserables

  • Doguereau wore a black coat with vast square skirts, when fashion required swallow-tail coats.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris

  • He lectured one night in “a snow-white fulldress, swallow-tail and all,” as he later described it, and dubbed this “delightful impudence” his “dontcaradam suit.”

    Mark Twain

  • The laws of livery were then more stringent; the ritual of the green baize apron for cleaning silver; of the striped waistcoat and swallow-tail black coat for opening the hall door, was more closely observed.

    Flush: a biography

  • He was nearly six feet high, stood quite upright, and always wore a black swallow-tail coat, black trousers, and a black silk waistcoat.

    Phineas Finn

  • It is a green and gold swallow-tail, with azure-blue and spoon-shaped tails, and was often seen flying about the village when the sun shone, but in

    The Malay Archipelago

  • On festivals and state occasions they adopt the swallow-tail coat, chimneypot hat, and their accompaniments, displaying all the absurdity of our European fashionable dress.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Papilios, miletus and telephus, the superb golden green P. macedon, and the rare little swallow-tail Papilio rhesus, of all of which, though very active, I succeeded in capturing fine series of specimens.

    The Malay Archipelago

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