from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A racehorse.
  • n. A detachable extension to the back of an envelope, having a perforated edge and special marketing information or an order form on it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tail of a horse or cow, allowed to grow out and then trimmed horizontally so as to form a tassel; a horse or cow having such a tail.
  • n. A racehorse.
  • n. A prostitute.
  • n. An envelope with a perforated flap on which promotional material is printed; the flap on such an envelope.
  • v. To shear off the hair horizontally at the end of a cow or horse's tail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a horse bred for racing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tail which has been banged, or cut horizontally across; also, an animal with a banged or docked tail.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a horse bred for racing


bang2, short hair + tail1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From bang +‎ tail. (Wiktionary)


  • It seems that 'Fireman' O'Leary was most useful in helping the fillies home at Washington Park by assaulting them in the region of the bangtail with small bollops of pure incandescence.

    The Big Fix

  • (surprisingly, ` claim 'is the verb; quit = ` quits' or ` even '), bobtail and bangtail (bob and bang = ` crop,' and these are just bobbed examples of humdrum past participle formations), and lockjaw (not conclusively eliminated, but ` locked jaw 'is given as an alternative form).

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  • Here's an interesting second definition (via Encarta dictionary): "an envelope with a detachable section that can be used as an order form or to provide marketing information."

    January 27, 2009

  • I dunno, but I bet all my money on the bangtail nag*, doo-dah, doo-dah. And lost. If only you would transmit the names of the winners back from the future, this wouldn't be a problem.

    Alternatively (via Weirdnet): the solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times.

    Oops! My turf accountant has just informed me it was the 'bobtail nag'. Doo-dah!

    January 26, 2009

  • Does anyone know if this is of US origin?

    January 26, 2009