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 for spinetail
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Spinetail \Spine"tail`\, n. (Zool.)
     (a) Any one or several species of swifts of the genus
         Acanthylis, or Chaetura, and allied genera, in which
         the shafts of the tail feathers terminate in rigid
         spines.
     (b) Any one of several species of South American and Central
         American clamatorial birds belonging to Synallaxis and
         allied genera of the family Dendrocolaptidae. They are
         allied to the ovenbirds.
     (c) The ruddy duck. [Local, U.S.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruddy \Rud"dy\, a. [Compar. Ruddier; superl. Ruddiest.] [AS.
     rudig. See Rud, n.]
     1. Of a red color; red, or reddish; as, a ruddy sky; a ruddy
        flame. --Milton.
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              They were more ruddy in body than rubies. --Lam. iv.
                                                    7.
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     2. Of a lively flesh color, or the color of the human skin in
        high health; as, ruddy cheeks or lips. --Dryden.
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     Ruddy+duck+(Zool.),+an+American+duck+({Erismatura+rubida">Ruddy duck (Zool.), an American duck ({Erismatura rubida)
        having a broad bill and a wedge-shaped tail composed of
        stiff, sharp feathers. The adult male is rich brownish red
        on the back, sides, and neck, black on the top of the
        head, nape, wings, and tail, and white on the cheeks. The
        female and young male are dull brown mixed with blackish
        on the back; grayish below. Called also dunbird,
        dundiver, ruddy diver, stifftail, spinetail,
        hardhead, sleepy duck, fool duck, spoonbill, etc.
        
  
     Ruddy plover (Zool.) the sanderling.
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