from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See timothy, cat-tail, cirrus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as cattail
- n. A name for the plant Equisetum arvense and other species of that genus.
- n. Same as cirrus cloud. See cloud.
- n. A form of cirrus in which the delicate cloudy filaments resemble a bushy, curved cat's tail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa
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A few of the streams were full of the fine plant which is popularly known by the name of bull-rush, or bulrush (_Typha latifólia_), but which ought by rights to be called the "cat's-tail" or "reed-mace."
Everything was doing well; but it had been a late spring that year, and the cat's-tail was barely forming as yet, while the clover had just begun to show bloom.
Their lives are passed in the great sand plains and along the adjacent rivers; they subsist sometimes on fish, at other times on roots and the seeds of a plant, called the cat's-tail.
-- this queer, misshapen thing, representing nothing save the forty-seventh proposition of Euclid, and the address seemingly put on with a cat's-tail dipped in lampblack?