cat's-tail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cat's-tail tall marsh plant with cylindrical seed heads that explode when mature shedding large quantities of down; its long flat leaves are used for making mats and chair seats; of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cat's-tail See Timothy Cat-tail Cirrus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cat's-tail a catkin: a genus of aquatic plants of the reed kind, the leaves of which are sometimes used for making mats, seating chairs, &c.: a kind of grass
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cat; found also in Celt., Slav., Ar., Finn, &c.

Usage

In literature:

It's easier an' there's less cat-o'-nine-tails to it.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Their bodies were adorned with cow-hair circlets, but, save for a short kilt of cat's-tails and hide, they were quite unclad.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Pulling pussy-cats' tails was more in Charles Stuart's line.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
The great bushy wag of Kaiser's tail, and the loud purr of the cat, were the two things that cheered me more than anything else.
"Track's End" by Hayden Carruth
Whoever is clever enough to tread on that cat's tail is the man she is destined to marry.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He was no sooner seated on the Cat's tail than he saw the tail lengthen itself till it reached across the ditch.
"Old French Fairy Tales" by Comtesse de Ségur
A room with eight corners had a cat in each corner seven cats before each cat and a cat on every cat's tail.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
Fifine had released the clutch of reprisal on the cat's tail.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
Then, last of all, was the Glass Cat, holding fast to the Woozy's tail with her glass jaws.
"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
It was the cat's tail, pounding on the floor!
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

C was Papa's gray Cat,
Who caught a squeaky Mouse
She pulled him by his twirly tail
All about the house.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear

In news:

Blue Underground continues its all-aces reissues of Dario Argento's work on Blu-ray with his sophomore film, 1971's "The Cat o' Nine Tails".
Flicker is definitely a lap cat, but will let you know when she's had enough petting buy flickering her tail.
New gizmo mimics cat's tail to show human mood.
Dear Editor, Trial and error experimentation is a hard way to learn – you can learn a lot about your kitty-cat by lifting her by her tail, but it's a hard way to learn.
The Country Cat's resident meat master Adam Sappington is unveiling a new "Animal of the Week" menu, complete with nose-to-tail dishes highlighting the region's best beef, pork, duck, and lamb.
Larimer Humain Society's 13TH Annual Top Cat & Tails Gala.
More for an expert hand, this pumpkin carving template requires a steady knife to make sure that the cat's feet and tail don't separate from the base.
You may see a cat crouched down, watching a squirrel that has wandered near kitty's habitat, tail twitching.
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