cat-o'-nine-tails

noun \ ˌka-tə-ˈnīn-ˌtālz \

Definition of cat-o'-nine-tails

plural cat-o'-nine-tails
: 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


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