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swallowtail

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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
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swallowtail (plural: swallowtails)

  1. the forked tail of a swallow.
  2. anything, such as a burgee, of a similar forked shape.
  3. a type of tailcoat with two long tapering tails.
  4. any of various butterflies of the family Papilionidae, having a forked extension to the hind wing.

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