pintail

noun
pin·​tail | \ ˈpin-ˌtāl How to pronounce pintail (audio) \
plural pintail or pintails

Definition of pintail

: a bird having elongated central tail feathers especially : a slender long-necked duck (Anas acuta) of the northern hemisphere with the breeding male having a brown head, a white breast with a white line continuing up the side of the neck, chiefly gray upperparts, and a long black tail and with the female having chiefly mottled brown plumage

Examples of pintail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The same goes for other popular puddle ducks — teal, pintail and widgeon. Anchorage Daily News, "Knowledge gained in a duck blind can turn a hunter into a springtime naturalist," 6 June 2020 On a single lake, Steve and I found pairs of pintail, widgeon, bluebill (lesser scaup), goldeneye and harlequin. Anchorage Daily News, "Knowledge gained in a duck blind can turn a hunter into a springtime naturalist," 6 June 2020 The one-bird bag limit for pintails will remain this season for the same reason. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Texas flounder regulations approved; season closure delayed a year," 23 May 2020 Day 8: Santiago Island Spot pintail ducks and pink flamingos at Espumilla Beach before exploring Buccaneer Cove. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, "Jordan Harvey's Luxury 13-day Itinerary in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands," 23 Apr. 2020 Two Northern pintails were seen at Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow and four were spotted at Hadley Cove. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 16 Feb. 2020 Early hunting should be very good along the north Oregon Coast, with early wigeon, teal, pintails and mallards in the mix in Tillamook, Nestucca, Nehalem, Siletz, Alsea and Siuslaw estuaries. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2019: Outlooks for deer, elk, bear, cougar, upland birds, waterfowl," 20 Sep. 2019 The daily pintail limit, however, has dropped again to a single bird. oregonlive, "Oregon hunting preview 2019: Outlooks for deer, elk, bear, cougar, upland birds, waterfowl," 20 Sep. 2019 Carson stuck to longboarding through the swell of shortboard popularity and, in 1976, founded his own company — Lance Carson Surfboards, which specializes in pintail longboards. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "Incoming International Surfboard Builders Hall of Fame class includes seven men who shaped the sport," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pintail

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Pintail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pintail. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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