from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A whip intended to be used in driving a coach.
  • n. Nautical, the long pennant hoisted at the royalmast-head of a man-of-war.
  • n. 3. In herpetology, a harmless colubrine serpent of the genus Masticophis (which see): so called from its long slender form.
  • n. The ocotilla, Fouquieria splendens, so called from the long, leafless, lash-like branches. See Fouquieria and ocotilla.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.