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rat-tail

also rat·tail (răt′tāl′)
n.
1. See grenadier.
2. A long, thin length of hair that hangs down the nape of the neck, usually when the rest of the hair is cut short.
adj. also rat-tailed (-tāld′) or rat·tailed (-tāld′)
Shaped like or having a part shaped like a rat's tail: a rat-tail file; a rattail comb.
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rat-tail

n
1. (Animals) another name for grenadier2
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège)
a. a horse's tail that has no hairs
b. a horse having such a tail
3. a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl
4. (Tools) a kind of woodworking or metalworking file
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Her thin, light hair, streaked with grey, thickly smeared with grease, was plaited in a rat's tail and fastened by a broken horn comb which stood out on the nape of her neck.
The kneeling figure with a rat's tail is something has come up many times before in Bhabha's work.
While the Rabaa sit-in actually disturbed the lives of any of the district residents, the Brotherhood and their supporters did not seem to give a rat's tail about it, with prominent salafist preacher Yasser el-Borhami's confessing that "the sit-in was actually an attempt to impose a new reality, even on Rabaa residents." The sit-inners used to remove the tiles of the pavements to forge barricades to block the roads surrounding the sit-in.
The rat's tail (1/3 tail length from the proximal region) was used as a stimulation control site to determine the effect of mechanical stimulation at nonacupuncture points.
Hong, "A behavioral model for peripheral neuropathy produced in rat's tail by inferior caudal trunk injury," Neuroscience Letters, vol.
After winning, he said: '"As an Englishman winning something in Australia, it's unheard of!" During his month in the jungle, he has eaten a rat's tail, been covered in elephant manure, drunk fermented milk laced with cockroaches and flies, and fallen from a helicopter.
After 72 h, blood samples were prepared from rat's tail, glucose test strips and blood glucose measuring device (GM110 sample of Bionimerightest, Khosro Medisa Teb Company), were used for determination of blood glucose.
The winger with the peroxide-tipped hair, rat's tail plait and sleeve tattoos on one arm, is now an established member of the team.
It was when one of them noticed something protruding from the cake's confection, which turned out to be a rat's tail about 5 inches long.
Twenty-four hours later, they injected the exosomes into a vein in each rat's tail.
He said: "I am delighted to see James playing again and he is minus the rat's tail now.