• WordNet 3.6
    • n pentail brown tree shrew having a naked tail bilaterally fringed with long stiff hairs on the distal third; of Malaysia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pentail (Zoöl) A peculiar insectivore (Ptilocercus Lowii) of Borneo; -- so called from its very long, quill-shaped tail, which is scaly at the base and plumose at the tip.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pentail An insectivorous animal of the family Tupaiidæ, one of the squirrel-shrews of the genus Ptilocercus (which see), P. lowi, an inhabitant of Borneo: so called from its long tail, which is two thirds naked and ends in a distichous fringe of long hairs, like a quill pen.
    • n pentail The pintail, a duck.
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