shavetail

[ sheyv-teyl ]
/ ˈʃeɪvˌteɪl /

noun Slang.

U.S. Army. a second lieutenant.
a young, newly broken mule.

Nearby words

  1. shave,
  2. shave biopsy,
  3. shaveling,
  4. shaven,
  5. shaver,
  6. shavian,
  7. shaviana,
  8. shavie,
  9. shaving,
  10. shaving brush

Origin of shavetail

1840–50, Americanism; shave + tail1; orig. in reference to unbroken army mules, whose tails were shaved for identification

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