Definition of "wagtail" []

  • Any of various chiefly Old World birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long tail that constantly wags. (noun)

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Use "wagtail" in a sentence
  • "Is it known that the pretty pied water-wagtail is called la lavandière from its love of water and its manner of beating up and down its tail as our washerwomen wield their wooden beaters?"
  • "What was generally made use of consisted of vervain, tenia, and hippomanes; or a small portion of the secundine of a mare that had just foaled, together with a little bird called wagtail; in Latin motacilla."
  • "It would seem quite natural to call the wagtail "lady-bird," if that name had not been registered by a diminutive podgy tortoise-shaped black and red beetle."