from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having a long, tapering tail like that of a rat.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a tail like a rat's; having a rat-tail, as a horse.
- Like a rat's tail in shape.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The larvae are aquatic, often called “rat-tailed maggots,” and live in putrified liquids, like rain water in animal carcasses.
The thousands of housefly larvae and rat-tailed maggots that result will be more than enough animal matter for the tilapia population.
Leaning out over the wooden railing of the balcony, Asmador is startled at first to see a grotesquely naked, hunchbacked, rat-tailed demon capering on the raised bridge of the trawler, cupping its misshapen genitals in one hand and gesturing lewdly toward the oblivious crewmen with the other.
His dead white skin hosted a raging case of psoriasis and his oily dishwater-brown hair was long enough for its rat-tailed ends to twitch at my face and throat like barbs.
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There were, in chief, a basin and a jug of water and a slop-pail of tin, and, further, a piece of yellow soap in a tray, a tooth-brush, a rat-tailed shaving brush, one huckaback towel, and one or two other minor articles.
Neither health official nor anyone else saw rat-tailed maggots coming from drinking water out of a tap.
"This brought us to the conclusion that the presence of the rat-tailed maggots in the close vicinity of a point of water supply is not indicative of the quality of the drinking water supplied."
A "thorough" investigation into reports of rat-tailed maggots in three provinces found no evidence of contaminated drinking water, the Water Affairs department said on Friday.
Pretty gross, but at least the rat-tailed blighters are big enough to spot with the naked eye before you chug back on that glass of water ...
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