The hindmost part of an animal, especially when prolonged beyond the rest of the body, such as the flexible extension of the backbone in a vertebrate, the feathers at the hind end of a bird, or a terminal appendage in an insect
Limitation of ownership, especially of an estate or title limited to a person and their direct descendants
A woman regarded as sexually attractive
the dog's tail began to wag frantically
In full band-tail pigeon. The band-tailed pigeon, Patagioenas fasciata.
= boat-tailed grackle.
A cometary tail composed of ejected dust particles, typically broad and somewhat curved; also called type II tail.
A tail of ionized gas associated with a celestial object; especially the ion tail of a comet.
A cometary tail composed of ionized gases, typically forming a straight bluish tail pointing directly away from the sun; (more generally) a narrow stream of ions following the orbital trajectory of a planet or other body.
(On a piano, organ, or similar instrument) the part of the key which lies behind the key pin.
The water downstream from a mill which has passed through the mill-wheel; the channel in which water runs away after passing through a mill.
The tail of the gathering pallet which interacts with the rack hook to control the striking mechanism in a clock.
A plant with long, thin parts suggestive of cats' tails, in particular:
Each of the flaps formed by the back of a tailcoat
A type of tenure in land with restrictions (entailments) regarding the line of heirs to whom it may be willed
(In retail and marketing) used to refer to the large number of products that sell in small quantities, as contrasted with the small number of best-selling products
A narrow hairless tail like that of a rat, or something that resembles one
A small metallic cuckoo wasp that is typically greenish-blue with an orange-red tip to the abdomen. Its larvae feed on the eggs and larvae of its host
(Of traffic) become congested and form a tailback
Gradually diminish in amount, strength, or intensity
Less technical term for coccyx.
A main spar of several making up the longitudinal framework carrying the tail of an aeroplane when not supported by the fuselage
A comb with a tapering tail or handle used in styling to lift, divide, or curl the hair
The last or hindmost part of something
A fin at the posterior extremity of a fish’s body, typically continuous with the tail
Gas produced in a refinery and not required for further processing
The limitation of the succession of property or title to male descendants
A decline or gradual reduction in something
A fast-flowing stretch of a river or stream below a dam or watermill
A support for the tail of an aircraft when on the ground
(Of a fish) move over the surface of water by propulsion with the tail
Turn round and run away
Nautical. A rope or lanyard attached to the end of a lever. Now rare.
A dog's tail resembling that of an otter.
A tail of plasma associated with a comet or planetary body.
The rear or handles of a plough. Also in extended use: ploughing; the occupation or place of a farm labourer, especially in at (also from,etc.) the plough-tail.
(In full quill-tail coot) the ruddy duck, Oxyura jamaicensis.
Any of various fishes.
A white European tussock moth with a tuft of brown hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The caterpillars have severely irritant hairs that can produce an allergic reaction, overwinter in a communal web, and can be a pest of tree foliage
A Mediterranean grass with white silky flowering heads and woolly grey-green leaves
A widely distributed water plant with whorls of narrow leaves around a tall stout stem
A South American hummingbird with long racket-shaped tail feathers
The lower, typically curved, part of a shirt which comes below the waist
(In a bird’s tail) each of the smaller feathers covering the bases of the main feathers
A red light at the rear of a motor vehicle, train, or bicycle
A rhyme involving couplets, triplets, or stanzas, each with a tag or additional short line
An auxiliary rotor at the tail of a helicopter designed to counterbalance the torque of the main rotor
A backward movement of an aircraft from a vertical stalled position
A white tussock moth with a tuft of yellow hairs on the tip of the abdomen. The caterpillars have irritant hairs and can be a pest of fruit trees