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Swallowtail  n.  
(Carp.) A kind of tenon or tongue used in making joints. See Dovetail.
(Bot.) A species of willow.
(Fort.) An outwork with converging sides, its head or front forming a reentrant angle; so called from its form. Called also priestcap.
A swallow-tailed coat. "This Stultz coat, a blue swallowtail, with yellow buttons."
An arrow.
(Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large and handsome butterflies, belonging to Papilio and allied genera, in which the posterior border of each hind wing is prolongated in the form of a long lobe. Note: The black swallowtail, or asterias (see Papilio), the blue swallowtail, or philenor, the tiger swallowtail, or turnus (see Turnus), and the zebra swallowtail, or ajax (see under Zebra) are common American species. See also Troilus.

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"Swallowtail" Quotes from Famous Books

... classical memoir on mimicry in the Malayan Swallowtail butterflies, those naturalists who have written on the subject have followed his interpretation of the marked prevalence of mimetic resemblance in the female sex as compared with the male. They have believed with Wallace that the greater dangers of the female, with slower ...
— Darwin and Modern Science • A.C. Seward and Others

... reception, Susan surveyed the audience hopefully—handsome men in nankeen trousers, red waistcoats, white neckcloths, and gray swallowtail coats, sitting beside beautiful young women wearing gowns of bombazine and watered silk with wide hoop skirts and elaborately trimmed bonnets which set off their curls. To her delight, they also applauded Antoinette Brown Blackwell, the first woman minister they had ever ...
— Susan B. Anthony - Rebel, Crusader, Humanitarian • Alma Lutz

... sign of rudeness was the smuggling vessel, that she would not even plead want of light as excuse for want of courtesy. For running past the royal cutters, who took much longer to come about, she saluted each of them with deep respect for the swallowtail of his Majesty. And then she bore on, like the admiral's ship, with signal for ...
— Mary Anerley • R. D. Blackmore

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