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splittail

[ split-teyl ]
/ ˈsplɪtˌteɪl /
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noun

a minnow, Pogonichthys macrolepidotus, of the Sacramento River, having the upper lobe of the tail much longer than the lower lobe: habitat changes have greatly reduced its numbers.

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Origin of splittail

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; split + tail1
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