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[poh-nee-teyl] /ˈpoʊ niˌteɪl/
an arrangement of the hair in a long lock drawn tightly against the back of the head and cinched so as to hang loosely.
Origin of ponytail
First recorded in 1870-75; pony + tail1 Unabridged
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  • Tabira nang buhuk mu, ayaw ipunitil, Braid your hair instead of having it in ponytail.

  • The yellow glow from the light above the booth subdued the red-auburn cast of her ponytail hair.

    Old Rambling House Frank Patrick Herbert
British Dictionary definitions for ponytail


a hairstyle in which the hair is pulled tightly into a band or ribbon at the back of the head into a loose hanging fall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ponytail

long hair style, originally of girls, 1950, from pony (n.) + tail (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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