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Webster 1913 Edition


Wagtail

Wag′tailˊ

,
Noun.
(Zool.)
Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to
Motacilla
and several allied genera of the family
Motacillidae
. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name.
Field wagtail
,
any one of several species of wagtails of the genus
Budytes
having the tail shorter, the legs longer, and the hind claw longer and straighter, than do the water wagtails. Most of the species are yellow beneath. Called also
yellow wagtail
.
Garden wagtail
,
the Indian black-breasted wagtail (
Nemoricola Indica
).
Pied wagtail
,
the common European water wagtail (
Motacilla lugubris
). It is variegated with black and white. The name is applied also to other allied species having similar colors. Called also
pied dishwasher
.
Wagtail flycatcher
,
a true flycatcher (
Sauloprocta motacilloides
) common in Southern Australia, where it is very tame, and frequents stock yards and gardens and often builds its nest about houses; – called also
black fantail
.
Water wagtail
.
(a)
Any one of several species of wagtails of the restricted genus
Motacilla
. They live chiefly on the shores of ponds and streams.
(b)
The American water thrush. See
Water thrush
.
Wood wagtail
,
an Asiatic wagtail; (
Calobates sulphurea
) having a slender bill and short legs.

Webster 1828 Edition


Wagtail

WAGTAIL

,
Noun.
[wag and tail.] A small bird, a species of Motacilla.

Definition 2021


wagtail

wagtail

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wagtail (plural wagtails)

  1. Any of various small passerine birds of the family Motacillidae, of the Old World, notable for their long tails.

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