Definition of scissor-tailed in English:

scissor-tailed

(also scissors-tailed)

adjective

  • In the names of birds: having a long, deeply forked tail.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Shaw (1751–1813), natural historian. In some forms from the singular of scissors + tailed.

Pronunciation

scissor-tailed

/ˈsɪzəteɪld/