the skinned tail of an ox or steer, used as an ingredient in soup, stew, etc.

Origin of oxtail

First recorded in 1675–85; ox + tail1
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the skinned tail of an ox, used esp in soups and stews
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Word Origin and History for oxtail

Old English oxan tægl; see ox + tail (n.1).

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