pigtail

[pig-teyl]
noun
1.
a braid of hair hanging down the back of the head.
2.
tobacco in a thin, twisted roll.
3.
Electricity.
a.
a short, flexible wire used in connecting a stationary terminal with a terminal having a limited range of motion.
b.
a short wire connected to an electric device, as a lead or ground.

Origin:
1680–90; pig1 + tail1

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pigtail (ˈpɪɡˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a bunch of hair or one of two bunches on either side of the face, worn loose or plaited
2.  a twisted roll of tobacco
 
'pigtailed
 
adj

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pigtail
1688, "tobacco in a twisted roll," from pig + tail. So called from resemblance. Meaning "braid of hair" is from 1753, when it was a fashion among soldiers and sailors.
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They had run an experiment to record electrical activity from neurons specialized for hand movement in two pigtail macaques.
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