Some blackguard or other, I think it was Sybrandt, said, "A lie is not like a blow with a curtal axe."
Now I may go in and out as I will, being a curtal friar and not now remembered in these parts.
curtal is a small horse; properly one who hath his tail docked or curtailed.
"I am but a poor anchorite, a curtal friar," replied the other, pushing out for his side of the river.
Item, double trottynge hors, called a curtal, for his lordship to ryde on out of townes.
Did not Tom Tankard rake his curtal t'o'er day standing in the stable?Gammer.
A gret doble trottynge hors called a curtal, for his lordship to ride out on out of towns.
curtal, kur′tal, n. a horse with a curt or docked tail: anything docked or cut short.