1》 (also rat's tail) a narrow hairless tail like that of a rat, or something that resembles one.
2》 (rat's tails) Brit. informal hair hanging in lank, damp, or greasy strands.
3》 another term for grenadier (in sense 3).
4》 another term for rabbitfish.

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  • rat|tail — «RAT TAYL», adjective, noun. –adj. having a tail or taillike part like that of a rat; long and slender: »Everything in the house, down to the last rattail hinge and hickory floor peg, is historically accurate (Atlantic). –n. 1. something… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Rat-tail — (r[a^]t t[=a]l ), a. Like a rat s tail in form; as, a rat tail file, which is round, slender, and tapering. See Illust. of {File}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rat-tail — n. 1. (Far.) pl. An excrescence growing from the pastern to the middle of the shank of a horse. [1913 Webster] 2. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The California chim[ae]ra. See {Chim[ae]ra}. (b) Any fish of the genus {Macrurus}. See {Grenadier}, 2. [1913 Webster …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rat-tail — /rat tayl /, n. grenadier (def. 4). Also, rattail. [1695 1705] * * * …   Universalium

  • rat-tail — /rat tayl /, n. grenadier (def. 4). Also, rattail. [1695 1705] …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Rat-Tail Braid — A small, tubular silk braid resembling a rat s tail. Used for trimming purposes …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • rat-tail cactus — rat′ tail cac tus n. pln a cactus, Aporocactus flagelliformis, of Mexico, having slim cylindrical stems that are easily trained into strange designs, and crimson flowers • Etymology: 1895–1900 …   From formal English to slang

  • rat-tail file — noun a thin round file shaped like the tail of a rat • Hypernyms: ↑file * * * a long, narrow file having a circular cross section. [1840 50] * * * rat tail file, a fine, round file used especially to enlarge holes in metal …   Useful english dictionary

  • rat-tail fish — Grenadier Gren a*dier , n. [F. grenadier. See {Grenade}.] 1. (Mil.) Originaly, a soldier who carried and threw grenades; afterward, one of a company attached to each regiment or battalion, taking post on the right of the line, and wearing a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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