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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n horsetail perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Horsetail (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.
    • Horsetail A Turkish standard, denoting rank.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n horsetail A horse's tail, especially when severed from the body.
    • n horsetail A hippurite.
    • n horsetail In anatomy, the leash of nerves in which the spinal cord ends: technically called cauda equina. See cauda.
    • n horsetail A plant of the genus Equisetum. See cut under Equisetaceæ.
    • n horsetail In meteorology, a form of cirrus cloud.
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In literature:

With clanging scream, a horsetail plume his crest, The aspiring lord of Argos onward pressed.
"The Oedipus Trilogy" by Sophocles
Horsetails and Club-mosses already grow into forest-trees.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
At about 5,000 feet I first saw horsetails (Equisetum), very like our own species.
"The Malay Archipelago" by Alfred Russell Wallace
The country folk hereabout call it 'Horsetail.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
Within there is a pond, where lank horsetails grow thickly, rising from the water.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
It is called horsetail or sewings, and is both fine and strong.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
We have examples of the last-named class in the ferns, lycopods and horsetail plants.
"The Story of the Cotton Plant" by Frederick Wilkinson
One grappling hand caught hold of the ridged, gritting stems of a clump of horsetail, but the contact failed to allay the uneasiness.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
These conditions produced, in rapid succession, forests of tree ferns and horsetails and giant club mosses.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
FEATHERS: Secondary sex advertisements made of fiber and horsetails, and used on ladies' lids as eye-gougers and such.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Then by the rule that made the horsetail bare,
I pluck out year by year, as hair by hair,
And melt down ancients like a heap of snow:
While you, to measure merits, look in Stowe,
And estimating authors by the year,
Bestow a garland only on a bier.
"Imitations of Horace: The First Epistle of the Second Book" by Alexander Pope

In news:

Searchers with the Multnomah County sheriff's office found a hiker about 2 am Friday who had become lost on a trail around Horsetail Falls.
This time of year, photographers and nature lovers alike flock to Yosemite National Park to witness the majesty of Horsetail Falls.
Custom Horsetail Bracelets- From Knot My Tail Bracelets.