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 2022 pintail estimate is the lowest in the history of the survey. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 21 Aug. 2022 Northern pintail duck populations are decreasing because of wetland habitat loss, predation disease and petroleum pollution, per the IUCN. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 May 2022 Officials for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. say a fox is responsible for killing 25 American flamingos and one Northern pintail duck at the zoo after staff found the dead animals early Monday morning. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 3 May 2022 Twenty-five American flamingos and one Northern pintail duck were killed Monday after a wild fox broke into an outdoor flamingo habitat at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 3 May 2022 In addition to the dozens of dead American flamingos, a Northern pintail duck was killed, and three more flamingos were injured, officials said. NBC News, 3 May 2022 The zoo said a Northern pintail duck was also killed by the fox and three other flamingos were hurt and are being treated at the zoo’s veterinary hospital. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 The daily duck bag limit during the normal seasons may include no more than four mallards (including a maximum of two hens), three wood ducks, two black ducks, two canvasbacks, two redheads and one pintail. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2022 Maybe the pintail or the canvasback is better to eat, but there is nothing in the flying department as wonderfully gaudy as a pheasant or a he-mallard. Field & Stream, 31 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of pintail

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Pintail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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