cat-o'-nine-tails


cat–o'–nine–tails

noun \ˌka-tə-ˈnīn-ˌtālz\
plural cat–o'–nine–tails

Definition of CAT-O'-NINE-TAILS

:  a whip made of usually nine knotted lines or cords fastened to a handle

Origin of CAT-O'-NINE-TAILS

from the resemblance of its scars to the scratches of a cat
First Known Use: 1665

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