• 36 Fox tail tenon
    36 Fox tail tenon
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tailed having a tail of a specified kind; often used in combination
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Eagle tail. Arikara Eagle tail. Arikara
The Fox without a Tail The Fox without a Tail
The Pig's Tail The Pig's Tail
A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail A kitten looks worried, as a puppy destroys a flower bed while it's trying to catch its own tail
"You could tie a knot  on your tail "You could tie a knot on your tail
Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon Skin impression from the tail of a Trachodon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "comet" comes from the Greek word "kometes" meaning long hair and referring to the tail
    • a Tailed Having a tail; having (such) a tail or (so many) tails; -- chiefly used in composition; as, bobtailed, longtailed, etc. "Snouted and tailed like a boar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Great Comet of 1843 had a tail that was over 300 kilometres long.
    • tailed Having a tail; caudate; appendaged; urodele; macrurous: as, the tailed batrachians; the tailed wings of a butterfly.
    • tailed In botany, provided with a slender or tail-like appendage of any kind: as, tailed anthers.
    • tailed Formed like or into a tail; shaped as a tail: as, tailed appendages; a rat-tailed file.
    • tailed In heraldry, having a tail, as a beast or bird used as a bearing: used only when the tail is of a different tincture from the rest: as, a lion sable, tailed gules. Also queued. [Rare.]
    • tailed Subject, to tail; entailed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You should not eat a crawfish with a straight tail. It was dead before it was cooked.
    • adj Tailed having a tail of a specified kind
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  • Spencer Tracy
    Spencer Tracy
    “There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.”
  • Arnold Toynbee
    Arnold Toynbee
    “America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.”
  • John Dryden
    “Roused by the lash of his own stubborn tail our lion now will foreign foes assail.”
  • Josh Billings
    “Don't take the bull by the horns, take him by the tail; then you can let go when you want to.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
    “If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater suggest that he wear a tail.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.”


Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion - This means that it is better to be the head or at the top of something that isn't very important or prestigious than a small or unimportant member of something big.
Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - If someone's bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, they are full of energy and enthusiasm.
Chase your tail - If you are chasing your tail, you are very busy but not being very productive.
Have your tail up - If someone has their tail up, they are optimistic and expect to be successful.
Head nor tail - If you can't make head nor tail of something, you cannot understand it at all or make any sense of it.
Work your tail off - If you work your tail off, you work extremely hard.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tægel; Ger. zagel; Goth. tagl, hair.


In literature:

Length in inches from tip of tail to end of tail.
"Home Taxidermy for Pleasure and Profit" by Albert B. Farnham
Then he rolled over on his back, waved his paws in the air, and whipped his long tail.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
Thus the tail, when expanded during flight, has a curious appearance.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Keep your long tail out of my face!
"Little Mr. Thimblefinger and His Queer Country" by Joel Chandler Harris
He had nearly reached it, when he turned tail and rushed for his hole with the greatest precipitation.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
Then we have comets with single tails, or double, and in some cases even multiple tails.
"Aether and Gravitation" by William George Hooper
It has a tail about eight inches long; its wings, when folded, reaching to more than half the length of the tail.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
You have the curliest tail of them all!
"The Tale of Grunty Pig" by Arthur Scott Bailey
They are small, with pointed muzzles, tails curling upward, and long shaggy hair.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
But she turned tail and off she ran home, so she never told the king the sky was a-falling.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry

In poetry:

Once he lay in the mouth of a cave
And sunned his whiskers,
And lashed his tail slowly, slowly
Thinking of voluptuousness
Even of blood.
"St. Mark" by D H Lawrence
"Now wake, now wake, thou butcher man!
What makes thy cheek so pale?
Take hold! take hold! thou dost not fear
To clasp a spectre's tail?"
"The Spectre Pig" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then I faun' his tail creepin' roun' my waist,
Wi' mony a twist an' turn,
An' I kent that his face was near to my ain,
For my hair began to burn.
"Ledgie Cooper" by Alexander Anderson
Wi' cowrin' heid, and clappit tail,
He raise an' crawl'd their legs atween;
Frae there a fit he wadna steer:
The lads were sairly fley'd, I ween.
"The Greetin' Bairn" by Janet Hamilton
They also keep a horned cow
as proud as any queen;
But music turns her head like ale,
And makes her wave her tufted tail
and dance upon the green.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
Little Be-Pope, He lost his hope,
"Coz" Jackson he couldn't find him.
He found him at last,
And ran very fast,
With his tail hanging down behind him.
"Little Be-Pope," by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Laurie Macnair with greyhounds Roxy and Evy, a cancer survivor, at PetSafe's Black Tie and Tails Gala.
Driver says threatened by 3 tail-gaters at Boardman restaurant.
Long Tail Gets Bossy and Squishy.
Pennsylvania hunters hope the day will never come when chronic wasting disease is found among wild white- tail deer.
Pam Hope holds the tail of her gelding, Destiny, to show how someone made an even cut to his tail.
Willamette Valley Confectionery fruit pates, local turkeys, Tails & Trotters.
It could be worse—she could have a tail.
The protagonist has no memory of his past when you begin Dust: An Elysian Tail.
Hundreds of camera-toting spectators, some with pajama-clad children in tow, gaped as the 170,000-pound Endeavour inched by with its tail towering over streetlights and its wings spanning the roadway.
Posted on October 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm by White Tail 365 in hunting.
A pair of white-tailed deer graze Thursday at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park in Denton County.
Pit-bull burned with tail cut off moves in with foster family .
It was a tail wagging good time in New York on Saturday as the city's cutest canines displayed their finest, and wackiest, Halloween costumes — and RadarOnline.com has photos of the best in show.
He heads to the only restaurant, where the lunch menu includes alligator tail and frog legs, to make sure the kitchen is ready.
A Sea World team removed rope from a whale's tail in Dana Point Harbor.

In science:

Gumbel tail for the minimum of independent variables, this shows that the non-exponential tail found in finite dimensions for T < Tc reflects the importance of correlations between the free energies of paths due to the presence of loops.
Random polymers and delocalization transitions
The results for potentials with polynomial tails prepare the ground for the discussion of the considerably more demanding case of potentials with stretched exponential tails.
Weak and almost sure limits for the parabolic Anderson model with heavy tailed potentials
Also, Gupta and Iyer prove that when the tail of the density decays like an exponential or slower, dn diverges, whereas for super exponential decay of the tail, dn → 0, a.s. as n → ∞.
Vertex Degree of Random Geometric Graph on Exponentially Distributed Points
This equivalence implies that Db (tails(A))fid ⊆ Db (tails(A))l , completing the proof.
Generalized Serre duality
The tail asymptotics depend greatly on whether the ξn ’s are light-tailed or heavy-tailed.
Tail asymptotics for the maximum of perturbed random walk