whip tail

whiptail

[hwip-teyl, wip-]
noun
1.
any of numerous New World lizards of the family Teiidae, especially of the genus Cnemidophorus, characterized by great agility and alertness.
2.
any of various other whip-tailed animals, as the whipscorpion.

Origin:
1765–75; whip + tail1

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