One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A large brightly coloured butterfly with tail-like projections on the hindwings.
- ‘Create a shallow puddle to attract swallowtails, blues, sulfurs and other butterflies that enjoy drinking at mud puddles.’
- ‘Meanwhile, most fish, birds, and reptiles still have four kinds of cones, and some butterflies, like the Japanese yellow swallowtail, have five.’
- ‘They can be as graceful as the swallowtail butterflies drifting by on a summer day.’
- ‘If you want tiger swallowtail butterflies, plant a willow tree.’
- ‘Well, it turned out to be a common tiger swallowtail, but I decided that I wanted to get into collecting, too.’
- ‘We photograph a big school of red swallowtails and red snappers that live next to a rocky wall covered with yellow zoanthids.’
- ‘After mating, the male tiger swallowtail butterfly deposits a small ‘mating plug’ inside the female to try to prevent her from mating again.’
- ‘Furnish your garden with nectar-rich flowering plants, and monarchs, swallowtails, and other winged visitors will drop by regularly, bringing beauty and motion with them.’
- ‘Dill and fennel are good plants for the caterpillars of the black swallowtail butterfly.’
- ‘Examples where intraspecific variation is apparently restricted to degree rather than direction include fruit flies and swallowtail butterflies.’
- ‘Eyeing a green-banded swallowtail fluttering above him, Samson takes a running leap and with a deft swoop of his net catches the iridescent butterfly.’
- ‘This species is endemic to the Western Ghats and is considered the rarest and endangered swallowtail.’
- ‘The refuge provides shelter and habitat for more than 300 butterfly species, including the zebra longwing, pipevine swallowtail, julia, and Mexican blue wing.’
- ‘An acute awareness of butterflies, which she developed after a brief encounter with a swallowtail in New Mexico, has convinced her that butterflies add a luminous dimension to one's life.’
- ‘Some studies have shown that monarch larva die when fed Bt pollen, although other studies of swallowtail butterflies show little effect.’
- ‘Citrus attracts the swallowtail butterfly, and the larvae resemble bird droppings, but you will want to leave the young alone for the sake of future butterflies.’
- ‘The students also sighted the endangered species of butterflies such as the Southern Birdwing, Malabar branded swallowtail and the Malabar Rose during the camp.’
- ‘Australian butterflies are from the families of whites, browns, blues and swallowtails, unbelievably sensible names.’
- ‘Today I have a single glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora) in my own garden, and it is visited all summer and even throughout early fall by groups of butterflies, particularly the various swallowtails.’
- ‘In summer, swallowtail butterflies drift through the garden, riding the breeze on black or yellow wings.’
2usually as modifier A deeply forked tail.
- ‘Two military knights, in uniforms of scarlet swallowtail coats with black arm bands, stood in solemn vigil, guarding the Princess's coffin.’
- ‘I am not going back as far as the days of the corduroy and the swallow-tailed coat but what I remember myself.’
- ‘They all look slightly ridiculous in their epaulets and tin pot hats and braided swallowtail coats.’
- ‘In your imagination, they wear top hats, striped trousers and swallowtail coats.’
- 2.1 A thing resembling a deeply forked tail in shape.‘a black swallowtail coat’
- ‘A true example will have flawless craftsmanship, swallowtail joints, and copper tacks.’
- ‘If pointed out to someone they can obviously see that something with a fish / swallowtail takes longer to shape and glass than a squared off squashtail.’
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