Meaning of swallowtail in English:


Pronunciation /ˈswɒləʊteɪl/

Translate swallowtail into Spanish


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    (also swallowtail butterfly)
    A large brightly coloured butterfly with projections suggestive of a swallow's tail on the hindwings.

    Family Papilionidae: many species, including the European Papilio machaon, of fenland country

    ‘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.’
    • ‘Dill and fennel are good plants for the caterpillars of the black swallowtail butterfly.’
    • ‘After mating, the male tiger swallowtail butterfly deposits a small ‘mating plug’ inside the female to try to prevent her from mating again.’
    • ‘The refuge provides shelter and habitat for more than 300 butterfly species, including the zebra longwing, pipevine swallowtail, julia, and Mexican blue wing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Create a shallow puddle to attract swallowtails, blues, sulfurs and other butterflies that enjoy drinking at mud puddles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The students also sighted the endangered species of butterflies such as the Southern Birdwing, Malabar branded swallowtail and the Malabar Rose during the camp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We photograph a big school of red swallowtails and red snappers that live next to a rocky wall covered with yellow zoanthids.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Australian butterflies are from the families of whites, browns, blues and swallowtails, unbelievably sensible names.’
    • ‘Examples where intraspecific variation is apparently restricted to degree rather than direction include fruit flies and swallowtail butterflies.’
    • ‘If you want tiger swallowtail butterflies, plant a willow tree.’
    • ‘Some studies have shown that monarch larva die when fed Bt pollen, although other studies of swallowtail butterflies show little effect.’
    • ‘They can be as graceful as the swallowtail butterflies drifting by on a summer day.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, most fish, birds, and reptiles still have four kinds of cones, and some butterflies, like the Japanese yellow swallowtail, have five.’
    • ‘In summer, swallowtail butterflies drift through the garden, riding the breeze on black or yellow wings.’
    • ‘Well, it turned out to be a common tiger swallowtail, but I decided that I wanted to get into collecting, too.’
    • ‘This species is endemic to the Western Ghats and is considered the rarest and endangered swallowtail.’
  • 2A deeply forked tail, or a thing resembling such a tail in shape.

    as modifier ‘a black swallowtail coat’
    • ‘I am not going back as far as the days of the corduroy and the swallow-tailed coat but what I remember myself.’
    • ‘Two military knights, in uniforms of scarlet swallowtail coats with black arm bands, stood in solemn vigil, guarding the Princess's coffin.’
    • ‘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.’