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rat-tail (plural rat-tails)

  1. (slang) 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.
  2. An excrescence growing from the pastern to the middle of the shank of a horse.
  3. A fish, the California chimera, Hydrolagus colliei, syn. Chimaera colliei.
  4. Any fish of the genus Macrourus; a grenadier.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for rat-tail in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)