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horse tail

a ponytail.
Origin of horse tail

horse's tail

1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The insignia of royalty were a silver-headed cane in one hand, a horse-tail in the other.

  • Later on, I found another nest in the middle of a mass of horse-tail.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • March 10—Poplar and willow catkins started; also equisetum (horse-tail), saxifrage, and probably other water plants.

  • "I'd just like to had another pull at that horse-tail of his," he said wistfully.

    The Leatherwood God William Dean Howells
  • The Calamites was a huge 'horse-tail' plant of which you may find small varieties to-day on banks and in hedgerows.

    Cheshire Charles E. Kelsey
  • Therefore, you must already know the world's most famous poem concerning a horse-tail—Tam O'Shanter.

    The Kentucky Warbler James Lane Allen
  • My breakfast of tea has been cooked by a Tartar woman, with water of the Amur, who wiped her earthen kettle with a horse-tail.

  • This row of cells forms a sheath around the ring of fibro-vascular bundles very much as is the case in the horse-tail.

  • There is a little "horse-tail" growing in our meadows, and there are ferns and club mosses almost everywhere.

    Diggers in the Earth Eva March Tappan
  • All at once the fog thinned so much that most of the horse-tail standards were visible; and next it disappeared altogether.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz

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