Definition of firetail in English:

firetail

noun

  • 1The common redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus. Later also: (US) the American redstart, Setophaga ruticilla. Now rare.

  • 2Any of several Australasian waxbills of the genus Stagonopleura and related genera, having predominantly grey plumage with red upper tail coverts; especially S. bella of south-eastern Australia and Tasmania.

adjective

  • = fire-tailed.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in John Hill (bap. 1714, d. 1775), physician and actor. From fire + tail.

Pronunciation

firetail

/ˈfʌɪəteɪl/