fan·​tail | \ ˈfan-ˌtāl How to pronounce fantail (audio) \

Definition of fantail

1 : a fan-shaped tail or end
2 : a domestic pigeon having a broad rounded tail often with 30 or 40 feathers
3 : an architectural part resembling a fan
4 : a counter or after overhang of a ship shaped like a duck's bill

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His was a traditional design with a circular fantail just large enough for two to stand on. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Low-Cost Way to Live Abroad: Buy a Boat," 30 Mar. 2018 Sailors caught babies like basketballs as the chopper hovered over its fantail. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "A Vietnamese pilot ditched his chopper as Saigon fell. This sailor dove in after him.," 28 Sep. 2017 The middle falls is the most spectacular and photographic with a plunge and a fantail into a deep pool. Peter Marteka,, "Connecticut's Waterfalls: Five Beauties Not To Miss," 17 May 2017 Not when bliss comes in simpler forms, like the pull-apart loaf of fantail bread, delivered warm before the appetizers, which reminded me that honey and black pepper are a great combination. Pete Wells, New York Times, "What a Difference Daytime Makes at Sadelle’s in SoHo," 5 Jan. 2016 A trail passes huge boulders and under large pine trees to a deep, narrow chasm where water drops over a 50-foot-high cliff and into a fantail down a large ledge. Peter Marteka,, "Connecticut's Waterfalls: Five Beauties Not To Miss," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of fantail

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fantail was in 1728

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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