WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
(fan′tāl′),USA pronunciation n.
- a tail, end, or part shaped like a fan.
- one of a breed of domestic pigeons, having a fan-shaped tail.
- any of various small birds having fanlike tails, as the Old World flycatchers of the genus Rhipidura and the American wood warblers of the genus Euthlypis.
- See fantail goldfish.
- Architecture[Building Trades, Archit.]a structure or structural member having a number of radiating parts, as an arch centering.
- the part of a rounded stern extending abaft the aftermost perpendicular;
- the area within this.
- Dialect Terms[Western U.S.]a mustang.
- Food[Cookery.](of shrimp) shelled, split almost through, and flattened slightly before cooking.
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fantail /ˈfænˌteɪl/ n
- a breed of domestic pigeon having a large tail that can be opened like a fan
- any Old World flycatcher of the genus Rhipidura, of Australia, New Zealand, and SE Asia, having a broad fan-shaped tail
- a tail shaped like an outspread fan
- an auxiliary sail on the upper portion of a windmill that turns the mill to face the wind
- US a curved part of the deck projecting aft of the sternpost of a ship
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