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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The same goes for other popular puddle ducks — teal, pintail and widgeon. Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2020 On a single lake, Steve and I found pairs of pintail, widgeon, bluebill (lesser scaup), goldeneye and harlequin. Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2020 The one-bird bag limit for pintails will remain this season for the same reason. Matt Wyatt,, 23 May 2020 Day 8: Santiago Island Spot pintail ducks and pink flamingos at Espumilla Beach before exploring Buccaneer Cove. Jordan Harvey, Travel + Leisure, 23 Apr. 2020 Two Northern pintails were seen at Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge in Longmeadow and four were spotted at Hadley Cove., 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, 20 Sep. 2019 The daily pintail limit, however, has dropped again to a single bird. oregonlive, 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pintail

1768, in the meaning defined above

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“Pintail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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