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

First Known Use of cat-o'-nine-tails

1665, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cat-o'-nine-tails

from the resemblance of its scars to the scratches of a cat

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