from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A humming-bird of the genus Gouldia, having long sharp tail-feathers (whence the genus is also called
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Zoöl.) A beautiful South American humming bird (
Gouldia Popelairii), having the six outer tail feathers long, slender, and pointed. The head is ornamented with a long, pointed crest.
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- noun zoology Any of various
hummingbirdsof the genus Discosura.
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thorn + tail
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reesetee commented on the word thorntail
Any of the species of hummingbirds in the genus Popelairia or Discosura, with long, slender, pointed tail feathers and sometimes a long, pointed crest on the head. Native to South and Central America. Here's a Wire-Crested Thorntail, for example.
Others are the Black-Bellied Thorntail, Coppery Thorntail, and Racket-Tailed Coquette.
March 14, 2008