• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cat-tail kăt"tāl (Bot) A tall erect rush or flag (Typha latifolia) growing widely in fresh and salt marshes, with long, flat, sword-shaped leaves, having clusters of small brown flowers in a dense cylindrical spike at the top of the stem; -- called also bulrush and reed mace. The leaves are frequently used for seating chairs, making mats, etc. See Catkin.☞ The lesser cat-tail is Typha angustifolia.
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  • Mark Twain
    “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”


In literature:

It had a tail more than half the length of the body, hairy, and tapering like that of a cat.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Peacock feather and fox tail dusters are fitted with buck horn handles or those made of fox or wild cat paws.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
I looked down, and there was a great cat holding up its tail and purring.
"The Spinster" by Robert Hichens
Just at that moment a cat darted across the passage with its back and tail up, and its eyes glaring.
"Freaks on the Fells" by R.M. Ballantyne
We've cut each other to pieces like a pair of cats tied by the tails.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore
It was in a little garden surrounded by a hedge of cat-tails and hollyhocks.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Water-lilies would look better than cat-tails.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
Max had better be a sheep or a Manx cat, and not bother about a tail.
"In the Mist of the Mountains" by Ethel Turner
The cat, who at that time had no tail of her own, spied the tail and ran away with it.
"Fairy Tales from Brazil" by Elsie Spicer Eells
Bobby could see the shapes of the grasses and cat-tails, and make out the bodies of water through which they passed.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

Head on paws, and tail slow wagging, and beside
him on her mat,
Sitting drowsy in the firelight, winked and purred
the mottled cat.
"Mary Garvin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Lush green the grass that grows between
The willows of the bottom-land;
Verged by the careless water, tall and green,
The brown-topped cat-tails stand.
"The Willow Bottom" by Madison Julius Cawein
The Man in the Moon was drinking deep,
and the cat began to wail;
A dish and a spoon on the table danced,
The cow in the garden madly pranced,
and the little dog chased his tail.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
His friends he loved. His fellest earthly foes--
Cats--I believe he did but feign to hate.
My hand will miss the insinuated nose,
Mine eyes the tail that wagg'd contempt at Fate.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
"Suppose from every pitcher-plant
The milk-weed came a-pouring;
That tiger-lilies could be heard
With dandelions roaring,
Till all the cat-tails, far and near,
Began to bristle up in fear!
"April" by Nancy Byrd Turner
The course his mind his body steer, poor Pussy-cat,
in weakness & disorder, will see him down
whiskers & tail.
'Wastethrift': Oh one of cunning wives know that
he hoardy-squander, where is nor downtown
neither suburba. Braille.
"Dream Song 49: Blind" by John Berryman

In news:

Published Saturday, August 4, 2012, at 7:46 a.m. LOS ANGELES — Many cats are tail talkers.
If those tails start to twitch and wag, watch out for fangs and claws, warns cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy.
Stewie, a 6-year-old Maine Coon, is known across the country for his title of Guinness World Record Holder for the Longest Domestic Cat , measuring 48.5 inches from the tip of his nose to the tip of his tail.
An Arizona drifter who skinned a cat and wore its tail and innards around his neck was sentenced to two years in prison on Wednesday.
He also has a long tail, and is large in size for a cat.
What do you call a cat with no tail.
A former Wisconsin resident is leading an international effort to save western African waterways from the scourge of out-of-control cat-tail weeds.
Licking, chewing, spinning, tail-chasing and running after shadows or beams of light can be normal behaviors in dogs and cats, but in some cases they become repetitive and harmful.
A small Connecticut nonprofit group treats wildlife from songbirds and red-tailed hawks to foxes, skunks, even fisher cats and bobcats.
A pet event for cat fans has popped into the Tails of Seattle mailbox.
LOST CAT- Northfield, Siamese tiger cat, East St,Warwick Ave area, light tan with tiger tail and blue eyes.
Larimer Humain Society's 13TH Annual Top Cat & Tails Gala.
As the cat is pushed along by its convenient tail/handle, the wheels create a surprisingly catlike leg action.
Cut out the printed version of the cat and tails , and use a pencil to transfer the shapes onto black construction paper.

In science:

Grabbing the cat by the tail: Manipulating molecules one by one.
Ribosome recycling, diffusion, and mRNA loop formation in translational regulation
That is, the Jancovici-Lebowitz-Manificat law (1.1) corresponds to the case ν = 2; i.e., to the lattice perturbation with the Gaussian decay of the tails.
The Jancovici - Lebowitz - Manificat law for large fluctuations of random complex zeroes
At the end of the twentieth century, the tail of the cat fabricated by modern technology has been caught in superconducting nanocircuits by observing the energy splitting caused by the superpositions of macroscopically distinct states [2, 3].
Proposal for testing Einstein's moon using three-time correlations
And most embarrassingly, there also remained the ‘tails’ of Schr¨odinger’s Cat.
The Plight of `I Am'
For, as long as the tails of the Schr¨odinger’s Cat lingered, ‘I am’ was no ‘I am’.
The Plight of `I Am'