[ rat-teyl ]
/ ˈrætˌteɪl /
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- a hairstyle in which a distinct thin section of hair grows from the base of the skull in the back, often extending several inches or more down the neck.
- such a thin section of hair growing from the base of the skull.
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Origin of rattail
First recorded in 1695–1705
Words nearby rattail
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British Dictionary definitions for rattail
another name for grenadier (def. 2)
- a horse's tail that has no hairs
- a horse having such a tail
a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl
a kind of woodworking or metalworking file
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