cat-o′ -nine-tails love

cat-o′ -nine-tails

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A nautical and sometimes military instrument of punishment, generally consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle, used to flog offenders on the bare back. Also called cat.
  • n. Same as cattail

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