bangtail

noun
bang·​tail | \ ˈbaŋ-ˌtāl How to pronounce bangtail (audio) \

Definition of bangtail

1 US, dated slang : racehorse That thoroughbred will leave the other bangtails standing still.The American Girl
2 : a detachable slip attached to the flap or back panel of an envelope A bangtail is the perforated coupon attached to the body of a return envelope, which must be torn off before the envelope is sealed.The Times-Union (Albany, New York)

First Known Use of bangtail

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bangtail

bangtail short tail

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“Bangtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bangtail. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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