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rat-tail

[rat-teyl] /ˈrætˌteɪl/
noun
1.
grenadier (def 4).
Origin of rat-tail
1695-1705
1695-1705
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British Dictionary definitions for rat-tail

rat-tail

noun
1.
another name for grenadier (sense 2)
2.
  1. a horse's tail that has no hairs
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for rat-tail
n.

also rat's-tail, used since 16c. of conditions or devices he;d to resemble a rat's long, hairless tail in some sense, including "lank lock of hair" (1810); "end of a rope" (1867); from rat (n.) + tail (n.).

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