brush-tailed

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brush-tailed (not comparable)

  1. (zoology) Having a furry tail, as many marsupials.
    • 1857, Charles Kingsley, Hypatia: Or, New Foes with an Old Face, volume II, page 170:
      "Coursing? What, with those long-legged, brush-tailed brutes, like a fox upon stilts, which the prefect cozened you into buying?"
    • 1867, George Manville Fenn, Bent, Not Broken, volume II, page 268:
      Nothing, only that it was restless and sticking its claws in the carpet to drag them out again, and apparently anxious to get out of the house - setting up its fur and looking brush-tailed, wild-eyed, and staring.