equisetum

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eq·ui·se·tum

 (ĕk′wə-sē′təm)
n. pl. eq·ui·se·tums or eq·ui·se·ta (-tə)

[Latin equisaetum, horsetail : equus, horse; see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + saeta, bristle, stiff hair.]

equisetum

(ˌɛkwɪˈsiːtəm)
n, pl -tums or -ta (-tə)
(Plants) any tracheophyte plant of the genus Equisetum, which comprises the horsetails
[C19: New Latin, changed from Latin equisaetum, from equus horse + saeta bristle]

horse•tail

(ˈhɔrsˌteɪl)

n.
a nonflowering plant of the genus Equisetum, family Equisetaceae, with hollow jointed stems bearing scaly leaves and a spikelike cone bearing spores.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.equisetum - horsetailsEquisetum - horsetails; coextensive with the family Equisetaceae
fern genus - genera of ferns and fern allies
Equisetaceae, family Equisetaceae, horsetail family - sole surviving family of the Equisetales: fern allies
horsetail - perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
References in classic literature ?
a body ought to discriminate -- they come together with great random, and a spear is brast, and one party brake his shield and the other one goes down, horse and man, over his horse-tail and brake his neck, and then the next candidate comes randoming in, and brast HIS spear, and the other man brast his shield, and down HE goes, horse and man, over his horse-tail, and brake HIS neck, and then there's another elected, and another and another and still another, till the material is all used up; and when you come to figure up results, you can't tell one fight from another, nor who whip- ped; and as a PICTURE, of living, raging, roaring battle, sho
The snare was made by twisting long strands of horse-tail hair which was then tied onto a long stick.
With plants sourced from the most remote parts of the world, the Sharjah Botanical Museum represents a perfect opportunity to see rare species such as Horse-tail (Equisetum) and unusual trees, like Gingko biloba (Maidenhair tree), along with a selection of the most primitive plants existing - many of which have never been used in an interior landscape scheme before.