rat-tail

rat-tail

[rat-teyl]
noun
grenadier ( def 4 ).
Also, rattail.


Origin:
1695–1705

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rat-tail
 
n
1.  another name for grenadier
2.  a.  a horse's tail that has no hairs
 b.  a horse having such a tail
3.  a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl
4.  a kind of woodworking or metalworking file

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rat-tail

any of about 300 species of abundant deep-sea fishes of the family Macrouridae found along the ocean bottom in warm and temperate regions. The typical grenadier is a large-headed fish with a tapered body ending in a long, ratlike tail bordered above and below by the anal and second dorsal fins. The eyes are large, and the mouth is on the underside of the head. The often extended snout presumably aids in rooting about the bottom for food. Some species have light organs, and some can produce sounds by means of paired muscles attached to the swim bladder. The fish is usually about 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) long.

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