cat–o'–nine–tails

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noun \ˌka-tə-ˈnīn-ˌtālz\

Definition of cat–o'–nine–tails

plural

cat–o'–nine–tails

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

Origin and Etymology 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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