mare's tail
noun (plural mare's tails or mares' tails) Date: 15th century 1. a. a common aquatic plant (Hippuris vulgaris of the family Hippuridaceae) with elongated shoots having dense whorls of narrow finely tapered leaves b. horseweed 1 2. a cirrus cloud that has a long slender flowing appearance

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  • Mare's-tail — n. 1. A long streaky cloud, spreading out like a horse s tail, and believed to indicate rain; a cirrus cloud. See {Cloud}. [1913 Webster] Mackerel sky and mare s tails Make tall ships carry low sails. Old Rhyme. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) An aquat …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mare's-tail — [merz′tāl΄] n. 1. long, narrow formations of cirrus cloud somewhat like a horse s tail in shape, supposed to be a sign of changes in the wind 2. the only species (Hippuris vulgaris) of an aquatic family (Hippuridaceae, order Callitrichales) of… …   English World dictionary

  • mare's-tail — mare s′ tail n. 1) mer a long narrow cirrus cloud with a flowing appearance 2) pln an erect aquatic Old World plant, Hippuris vulgaris, of the family Hippuridaceae, with crowded whorls of narrow hairlike leaves • Etymology: 1755–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • mare's-tail — /mairz tayl /, n. 1. a long narrow cirrus cloud whose flowing appearance somewhat resembles a horse s tail. 2. an erect, aquatic, Old World plant, Hippuris vulgaris, having crowded whorls of narrow, hairlike leaves. [1755 65] * * * mare sˈ tail… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mare's-tail — /mairz tayl /, n. 1. a long narrow cirrus cloud whose flowing appearance somewhat resembles a horse s tail. 2. an erect, aquatic, Old World plant, Hippuris vulgaris, having crowded whorls of narrow, hairlike leaves. [1755 65] * * * ▪ plant… …   Universalium

  • mare’s-tail — uodeguonė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Šeima. Uodeguoniniai – Hippuridaceae Vest atitikmenys: lot. Hippuris angl. bottle tail; horse tail; mare’s tail vok. Tannenwedel rus. хвостник lenk. przęstka …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • mare’s-tail — paprastoji uodeguonė statusas T sritis vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Hippuris vulgaris angl. bottle tail; horse tail; mare’s tail vok. gemeiner Tannenwedel; gewöhnlicher Tannenwedel; quirliger Tannenwedel rus. водяная сосенка; водяная сосенка… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • mare's tail — noun 1》 a widely distributed water plant with whorls of narrow leaves around a tall stout stem. [Hippuris vulgaris.] 2》 (mare s tails) long straight streaks of cirrus cloud …   English new terms dictionary

  • mare's-tail — n. Cirrus, cat s tail …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • mare's tail — /ˈmɛəz teɪl/ (say mairz tayl) noun 1. a common aquatic plant of shallow ponds and streams, Hippuris vulgaris; a noxious weed. 2. → horsetail. 3. a cirrus cloud resembling a horse s tail …   Australian English dictionary

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