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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Horse-tail a genus of leafless plants with hollow rush-like stems, so called from their likeness to a horse's tail
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hors; Ice. horss, Old High Ger. hros (Ger. ross).


In literature:

Wave your tail at Johnnie Green until he stops the horse; and then you can run away, if you want to.
"The Tale of Daddy Longlegs" by Arthur Scott Bailey
As I have said, his was a small wild horse; he was imprudent enough to tie to its tail a young tree, which he had cut down.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
I began, for the first time in my life, to feel anxiety as to the strength of a horse's tail.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
At this moment one of the horses sprang ahead of the others and made for the mountain, with its mane and tail flying wildly in the breeze.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
It's a little horse, ma'am, with curly mane and a long tail.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
This hair came from the tail of a white horse.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
It was drawn by cream-colored horses with white manes and tails.
"George Washington" by Calista McCabe Courtenay
They have an erect mane, a long tail, and are like a horse, with the head and hoof of an Antelope.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
The dragon-horse is a vital spirit of Heaven and Earth (p. 58) and also of river water: it has the tail of a huge serpent.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Here let it be remarked that they very commonly plough and harrow with their horses drawing by the tail: it is done every season.
"A Tour in Ireland 1776-1779" by Arthur Young
Over went the horse, dangling, head downward, above the terrible chasm, while the giant held it thus by clinging to the creature's tail!
"Frank Merriwell's Bravery" by Burt L. Standish
And you cannot shoe a horse, or cut his mane and tail.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
I would have an elegant black horse with a long tail, and I would go galloping through the streets on my horse.
"Rollo in Paris" by Jacob Abbott
From his shoulder hung a dressed horse's tail, a symbol of royalty; on his head was a cap of palm leaves.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
This hanging down in streamers, scatters over the surface and dips underneath, like the tails of white horses wading knee-deep.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
These were of the hair of wild horses' tails closely and neatly plaited.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
He desired the boys to keep close behind, at his horse's tail, where nobody would meddle with them.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau
Whenever you see a horse wring his tail, he's done for.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
I do not intend here to enter a discussion concerning the cruelty of docking horses' tails.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Their horses were nose on tail, and of necessity going slowly.
"A Tar-Heel Baron" by Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton

In poetry:

And Western was there, head and tail in the air,
And Pondon was there, too — what noodle
Could so name a horse? I should feel some remorse
If I gave such a name to a poodle.
"Hippodromania; Or, Whiffs From The Pipe" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
I can make out the rigging of a schooner
a mile off; I can count
the new cones on the spruce. It is so still
the pale bay wears a milky skin; the sky
no clouds except for one long, carded horse¹s tail.
"North Haven" by Elizabeth Bishop
When knotted horse-tails are untied,
And teamsters whistle here and there.
And clumsy mitts are laid aside
And choppers' hands are bare,
And chips are thick where children play,
The Spring is coming round this way.
"When Early March Seems Middle May" by James Whitcomb Riley
Then down the road, with mud besprent,
And drenched with rain from head to hoof,
The rain-drops dripping from his mane
And tail as from a pent-house roof,
A jaded horse, his head down bent,
Passed slowly, limping as he went.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 2. Prelude" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Blameless as daylight I stood looking
At a field of horses, necks bent, manes blown,
Tails streaming against the green
Backdrop of sycamores. Sun was striking
White chapel pinnacles over the roofs,
Holding the horses, the clouds, the leaves
"The Eye-Mote" by Sylvia Plath
He cares na for the string o' pirns we hing aboot his neck;
The ase-hole gets his rattle, an' his yellow Jumpin'-Jeck;
He knocks his horse's head in twa, and pu's away the tail,
Then flings the rest, to hear a splash, richt in the water pail.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

More horse tails clipped, says sheriff.
Horses' tails clipped off in Old Snowmass.
Sheriff's offices in Converse County and Natrona County have fielded additional reports of hair being stolen from the tails of area horses.
A thief cut off about 18 inches of the tail, hurting Cundall's chances of selling the show horse.
Fremont County authorities say a criminal enterprise may be behind a rash of recent horse tail thefts.
The Riverton Ranger Wednesday reports that at least four residents since Sunday have reported that their horses' tails have been cut off.
Five horse tails were cut from a location near East Herrie Road over the weekend.
The Natrona County Sheriff's Office has uncovered new leads in the recent string of horse tail and mane thefts.
Police in Converse County and Natrona County say they've received reports of someone removing the tails of horses near the Glenrock, Douglas and Casper areas.
A horse in Aurora, Colo. Was the recent victim of a thief who snipped the hair off its tail.
It's not every day you see a horse high tailing it up Roosevelt Boulevard in Philadelphia.
Weathervane, DeCommissioned (Quechee, Vermont) The headless horse runs on hooves high tail streaming Ignoring the bullet holes of target practice born of boredom in a small New England town searching for his matching rider.
The Natrona County Sheriff's Office received another report of stolen horse tail hair on Tuesday.
We transform your horse's tail in to a beautiful bracelet for you.
(AP) — A Montana woman says she knows it sounds mean, but she hopes her horse at least tried to kick the person that cut the hair off her tail.

In science:

As for the Airplane category, I used the tail parts of the airplanes to search for the airplane images; the head of horse for the horse images; ears, trunk and ivories for the elephant images.
Image Retrieval Method Using Top-surf Descriptor