rat·tail | \ˈrat-ˌtāl \

Definition of rattail 

1 : a horse's tail with little or no hair

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Using a rattail comb and the middle of each eyebrow as a guide, part your hair down each side, ending at the crown of your head. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "Prepare to Be Obsessed With This Gorgeous Bejeweled Fro," 8 Mar. 2018 Starting at the point of your hairline above the middle of your left eyebrow, draw a zigzag part with a rattail comb back to the crown of your head. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "This Zigzag Stitch Ponytail Absolutely Slays," 2 Mar. 2018 Section your hair down the middle in two equal sections with a rattail comb. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "3 Badass Braids You’ll Want to Recreate Stat," 18 Oct. 2017 Flashback to my mom using a rattail comb on my head to dislodge the flakes. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "What Causes Dandruff? The Truth Behind 9 Common Dandruff Myths," 14 Sep. 2017 Using a skinny rattail comb, separate your hair into six sections to create six medium-size straight-back braids later on. 2. Maya Allen, Cosmopolitan, "Prepare to Be Stunned by This Gorgeous Take on an Embellished Braided Bun," 27 July 2017 The Warriors center showed off his new hairdo in an Instagram post Tuesday after going from a triple rattail to, basically, a beaver tail. Daniel Mano, The Mercury News, "JaVale McGee rocking another unconventional haircut," 3 Jan. 2017 Using a skinny rattail comb, section your hair into eight to 10 medium-size sections. Maya Allen, Cosmopolitan, "These #BlackHairChallenge Videos Celebrate the Magic of Black Hair," 27 June 2017

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First Known Use of rattail

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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