scissor-tailed flycatcher

noun
scis·​sor-tailed flycatcher | \ ˈsi-zər-ˌtāld- How to pronounce scissor-tailed flycatcher (audio) \

Definition of scissor-tailed flycatcher

: a flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) of the southern U.S., Mexico, and Central America that has a long deeply forked tail

called also scissortail

First Known Use of scissor-tailed flycatcher

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of scissor-tailed flycatcher was in 1881

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“Scissor-tailed flycatcher.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scissor-tailed%20flycatcher. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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