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

  • n. See grenadier.
  • adj. Shaped like or having a part shaped like a rat's tail: a rat-tail file; a rattail comb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A towel that has been tightly twisted along the diagonal to make a rudimentary whip with a towel corner at the tip, typically used in juvenile pranks.
  • n. An excrescence growing from the pastern to the middle of the shank of a horse.
  • n. A fish, the California chimera, Hydrolagus colliei, syn. Chimaera colliei.
  • n. Any fish of the genus Macrurus; a grenadier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a rat's tail in form. See Illust. of file.
  • n. An excrescence growing from the pastern to the middle of the shank of a horse.
  • n.
  • n. The California chimæra. See Chimæra.
  • n. Any fish of the genus Macrurus. See Grenadier, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In farriery:
  • n. An excrescence on a horse's leg, growing from the pastern to the shank.
  • n. A disease which causes the hair of a horse's tail to fall off; also, a horse's tail thus denuded of hair. Also rat's-tail.
  • Same as rat-tailed.
  • n. A fish of the genus Macrurus, as M. fabricii or M. rupestris; the onion-fish or grenadier. See cut under Macrurus.
  • n. A horse which has a tail bare or nearly bared of hair.
  • n. One of various plants having tail-like flower-spikes, as the common plantain and the ribwort plantain, and various grasses, including species of Rottbœllia in the United States and Ischæmum laxum (Andropogon nervosus) in Australia.

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

  • n. deep-sea fish with a large head and body and long tapering tail


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