rat·​tail ˈrat-ˌtāl How to pronounce rattail (audio)
: a horse's tail with little or no hair

Word History

First Known Use

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rattail was in 1705

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“Rattail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattail. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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