wagtail

noun
wag·​tail | \ ˈwag-ˌtāl How to pronounce wagtail (audio) \

Definition of wagtail

: any of various chiefly Old World oscine birds (family Motacillidae) related to the pipits and having a long tail that they habitually jerk up and down

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A female duck grabbed the grey wagtail in her beak, dunked it several times beneath the water, then ate it, Petrovan says. Arden Dier, Fox News, "Think ducks are cute? This might change your mind," 3 July 2017 The area is unusually abundant with animal life: the novel’s first chapter teems with wagtails, willow warblers, geese, horses, snow leopards, wolves, sheep, goats, geckos, and frogs. Evan James, The New Yorker, "The Mysterious Frontiers of Can Xue," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of wagtail

1510, in the meaning defined above

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wagtail

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wagtail

: a small European bird that has a long tail which regularly moves up and down

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