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  • n. Any of the large dark-colored deep-sea fish of the Macrouridae family of ray-finned fish.
  • n. A hairstyle characterized by a long lock of tail-like hair dangling from the back of the head.


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  • As for the Fakahatchee, it has ten species of orchids that exist nowhere else in the United States: the crooked-spur, the false water spider, the rattail, to name a few.

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  • There are beautiful branching deep-sea corals in yellow, brown and white, also deep sponges, cutthroat eels, rattail fish, red crabs, luminescent purple shimmering squid and other life abundant amidst the marine snow, organic detritus falling from above.

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  • Sara's the quirky one with the nose ring and rattail - there's always one like her every season.

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  • (I have, however, seen major damage done in gym by rattail towels.)

    Putting the Wolf on Trial

  • “The hope is to keep the incredible carcass, heat resistance, and consistency characteristics of our Beefmaster and breed an animal that consistently produces prime grade meat with healthy fat,” says Mr. McAllen Jr., steering around rattail cacti.

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  • Christopher Kelley, program biologist for the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory, went to the natural energy lab Tuesday to pick up the preserved octosquid, rattail fish and jellyfish (also found in the filter), which had been stored in a freezer, and brought them back to UH-Manoa's oceanography department.

    Boing Boing

  • The guy, I say, is probably at home every night with a little rattail file, filing a cross into the tip of every one of his rounds.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • I respect any culture that has the balls to move “the rattail” up six inches.


  • Other odd 80s hair trends include the rattail and the mullet, or as we call it in Canada, "Hockey Hair".

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • I believe it can be done for under $20, if not under $10--the concept being that by doing it myself, it'll be the same old bridal illusion tulle attached to a plastic comb, but I'll use coordinating blue silk rattail cord trim rather than plain old white.

    Miscellaneous happenings.


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