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redtail (n.)

also red-tail, 1812 in reference to a type of North American hawk; earlier used of various smaller European birds with red tail feathers (1550s, compare redstart); from red (adj.1) + tail (n.). Related: Red-tailed (c. 1600).

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Definitions of redtail

redtail (n.)
dark brown American hawk species having a reddish-brown tail;
Synonyms: red-tailed hawk / Buteo jamaicensis
redtail (n.)
European songbird with a reddish breast and tail; related to Old World robins;
Synonyms: redstart
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