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rattail

or rat-tail

[ rat-teyl ]
/ ˈrætˌteɪl /
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noun

  1. 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.
  2. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for rattail

rat-tail

noun

another name for grenadier (def. 2)
  1. a horse's tail that has no hairs
  2. 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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