Horsetail
Horsetail Horse"tail`, n. 1. (Bot.) A leafless plant, with hollow and rushlike stems. It is of the genus {Equisetum}, and is allied to the ferns. See Illust. of {Equisetum}. [1913 Webster]

2. A Turkish standard, denoting rank. [1913 Webster]

Note: Commanders are distinguished by the number of horsetails carried before them. Thus, the sultan has seven, the grand vizier five, and the pashas three, two, or one. [1913 Webster]

{Shrubby horsetail}. (Bot.) See {Joint-fir}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • horsetail — c.1400, from HORSE (Cf. horse) (n.) + TAIL (Cf. tail) (n.). As a kind of plant, from 1530s …   Etymology dictionary

  • horsetail — [hôrs′tāl΄] n. 1. a horse s tail 2. any of the only surviving genus (Equisetum) of a division (Equisetophyta) of plants having hollow, jointed stems, with scalelike leaves at the joints and spores borne in terminal cones; scouring rush …   English World dictionary

  • horsetail — /hawrs tayl /, n. 1. Also called scouring rush. any nonflowering plant of the genus Equisetum, having hollow, jointed stems. 2. a horse s tail formerly used as a Turkish military standard or as an ensign of a pasha, the number of tails increasing …   Universalium

  • horsetail — noun Date: 15th century any of a genus (Equisetum of the order Equisetales) of lower tracheophytes comprising perennial plants that spread by creeping rhizomes and have leaves reduced to nodal sheaths on the hollow jointed ribbed shoots …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • horsetail — noun /ˈhɔː(r)s.teɪl/ Any of various simple vascular plants, of the family Equisetaceae, that have hollow stems and produce spores …   Wiktionary

  • horsetail — n. tail of a horse; plant that does not produce flowers and has a hollow jointed stem; object that looks lika a horse s tail; Turkish standard that symbolizes a rank (used in the Ottoman Empire) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • horsetail — noun a flowerless spore producing plant with a hollow jointed stem bearing whorls of narrow leaves. [Genus Equisetum, class Sphenopsida.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • horsetail — horse•tail [[t]ˈhɔrsˌteɪl[/t]] n. pln a nonflowering plant of the genus Equisetum, family Equisetaceae, with hollow jointed stems bearing scaly leaves and a spikelike cone bearing spores • Etymology: 1350–1400 …   From formal English to slang

  • horsetail — /ˈhɔsteɪl/ (say hawstayl) noun any of the perennial, herbaceous, pteridophytic plants constituting the widely distributed genus Equisetum, characterised by hollow, jointed stems. Also, mare s tail. {from the notion that the stalk resembles a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • horsetail — n. 1 the tail of a horse (formerly used in Turkey as a standard, or as an ensign denoting the rank of a pasha). 2 any cryptogamous plant of the genus Equisetum, like a horse s tail, with a hollow jointed stem and scale like leaves. 3 = pony tail …   Useful english dictionary

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