- rat-tail cactus,
- rat-tail file,
- rat-tailed maggot,
Origin of rat-tail
Examples from the Web for rat-tail
The rat-tail, which extended down the back of the bowl, was shortened into a drop.Home Life in Colonial Days|Alice Morse Earle
The rat-tail file he was carrying was driven into his side, making a wound from which he died in two hours.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
It looks like a rat-tail file, but smokes better, some think.What Is Man? And Other Stories|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
It was laconic, but it sounded like a rat-tail file on steel.The Skipper and the Skipped|Holman Day
Sometimes the rat-tail was shaped like a long V and grooved, while on each side were elaborate scrolls.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
- a horse's tail that has no hairs
- a horse having such a tail
also rat's-tail, used since 16c. of conditions or devices he;d to resemble a rat's long, hairless tail in some sense, including "lank lock of hair" (1810); "end of a rope" (1867); from rat (n.) + tail (n.).