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.

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  • 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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  • REFUSE TO REGISTER WITH A PARTY '; yahooBuzzArticleSummary =' Article: State party bosses are secretive, rat-tailed cheaters who pimp the American people out for the millions raised by front-running candidates.

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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.

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  • Neither health official nor anyone else saw rat-tailed maggots coming from drinking water out of a tap.

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  • "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."

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  • 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.

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  • 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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