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  • "The pigtail came off with the skull-cap."
    "The pigtail came off with the skull-cap."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pigtail a plait of braided hair
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth." "Ping Wang seized his own pigtail with his mouth."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Slaves under the last emperors of China wore pigtails so they could be picked out quickly
    • Pigtail (Hair Dressing) A cue, or queue.
    • Pigtail A kind of twisted chewing tobacco. "The tobacco he usually cheweth, called pigtail ."
    • Pigtail The tail of a pig.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Slaves who lived under the Manchus the last emperors of China who ruled from 1644-1912 wore pigtails so that they could be picked out quickly.
    • n pigtail The tail of a pig.
    • n pigtail A cue formed of the hair of the head, as distinguished from that of the periwig. This was retained by certain classes, as the sailors of the British navy, after it had gone out of use in polite society. In this way it survived as late as 1825. See cue, 1.
    • n pigtail A person who wears a pigtail or cue.
    • n pigtail Tobacco twisted into a rope or cord.
    • n pigtail In logging, an iron device driven into trees or stumps to support a wire or small rope.
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In literature:

Surely Chinamen don't wear false pigtails?
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
She was followed by a group of Chinese, each with a long pigtail, and they by a troupe of dancing Kameruns.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Their tarry pigtails fairly stood on end.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
His pigtail was thicker than his father's and black right up to the top.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
How about little pigtails, down at the house?
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
We will sail on to the land of cherry blossoms and pigtails.
"Polly's Business Venture" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
A Polish girl, very tall and slender, with a long black pigtail, swung out upon the ice.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
Sing's that despondint I expects to see him cut off his pigtail.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
I'll quit this land of pigtails, gongs, and teas; Return to Italy, and live at ease.
"Turandot: The Chinese Sphinx" by Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
With the pigtail coiled inside of the lost shoe, Mell ran on.
"Nine Little Goslings" by Susan Coolidge
It literally swarms with pigtails, the Chinese composing nearly half of the population.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
Oh, the powder, and the pigtails, and the broad cuffs, and the Ramilies cock, and the sword tucked through the coat-tail!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846" by Various
Say, Judge, what's become of that John Chiny's pigtail they say I cut off?
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
It was made of carved ivory, and borne by four Chinese-looking figures with pigtails and bright-coloured jackets.
"The Cuckoo Clock" by Mrs. Molesworth
Contrary to the custom of the time, he wore no pigtail at his neck, nor even hair caught back, tied with a bow.
"Mr. Wicker's Window" by Carley Dawson
The main battery wires from the switch board should be soldered to the pigtail terminals, which can then be bolted to the battery terminals.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
There is some silk for my Chinaman's pigtail.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
The men used to have a pigtail, of which they were very proud.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
Last time I come through here she was a little girl in pigtails but now it's done up in curls.
"Wunpost" by Dane Coolidge
Fing Fang solemnly shook the pigtail which hung down his back.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various

In poetry:

Li has a pigtail and a fan,
And yet he's not a Chinaman;
In fact, he is his mother's joy,
A merry little Chinaboy.
"Little People: An Alphabet" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland
Fly if your pigtail catches fire
Dive down the nearest sink
Remember if you wash a pancake
It's underwear's sure to shrink.
"Devil May Not Care" by Billy Bennett
And then he tried to sing "All's Well,"
But could not though he tried;
His head was turn'd, and so he chew'd
His pigtail till he died.
"Faithless Sally Brown" by Thomas Hood
Then he tied both their pigtails together
And the pair in the river he threw
As they floated away tied together
He sang, 'I'll string along with you.'
"The Street Of A Thousand Lanterns 1934" by Billy Bennett
Old salty swearing seadogs and tarry buccaneers,
With bacca quids and pigtails and ear-rings in their ears,
That spent their money handsome and took their ease ashore
In rowdy Ratcliff aleshops with sand upon the floor . . .
"London Seagulls" by Cicely Fox Smith
And there'd be some with pigtails, and some with buckled shoes,
And smocks and caps like pirates that sailors once did use,
And high sea-boots and oilskins and tarry dungaree,
And shoddy suits men sold them when they came fresh from sea.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The Terre Haute Children's Museum has some special activities planned to help keep your kids entertained during the Vigo County School Corp. Wendy's pigtails get first touch-up since 1983.
"Not on my pigtails," says this blogger.
Greg Heffley is so small that girls in pigtails routinely beat him up.
High Performance Fuse and Pigtail Version Offers High Short Circuit Rating.
Eagles whip Farson in Monday 'pigtail' contest.
Wendy's pigtailed logo gets first makeover in three decades.
Kathy Link is 41 with blond-streaked pigtails and, at 5-foot-9, straight as a spear.
As part of hamburger chain's overhaul, Wendy's pigtails get a tweak for first time since 1983.
NEW YORK — Wendy's pigtails are getting a tweak.
Cuba's hot new cigar brand, the Cohiba Behike trio of fat, pigtailed smokes, are now on sale in Canada.
With his signature pigtail braids and hippie-inspired song lyrics, Willie Nelson doesn't exactly seem like a golf guy.
First impression tells you that Eugene-based playwright Cassi Holmes was once that quiet girl in a summer dress who regularly had her pigtails pulled by mean boys during recess.
That was the slogan for an iconic 1958 Coppertone ad—the one with the frisky puppy tugging at the pigtailed girl's bathing suit, revealing her perfect tan line.
Paonia's chances of hosting a pigtail game were lost after last weekend's two losses.
Step up your relaxed style (and show off your hair's softness and shine) with these twisted pigtails.

In science:

The setups of Alice and Bob are entirely composed of fibre optic components operating at telecom wavelength, pigtailed with polarization-maintaining (PM) single-mode fibres.
Field test of a continuous-variable quantum key distribution prototype
Note that since the PLC-MZI is a fiber-pigtailed compact device, we expect that the coupling efficiency betwe en the laser and the PLC-MZI will stay constant over time.
Ultrafast quantum random number generation based on quantum phase fluctuations
The radiation is coupled into single-mode optical fibers and sent to pigtailed avalanche photo-counting modules connected to a circuit used to record the single and the coincidence counts.
Testing Hardy nonlocality proof with genuine energy-time entanglement
Wire bonds connect the front-end chip I/O lines and a high density interconnect adapter (pigtail) to the flex circuit.
2D Detectors for Particle Physics and for Imaging Applications
They examined two braided magnetic field configurations (one based on the simple pigtail braid and the other more complex).
Coronal heating by the partial relaxation of twisted loops
Both configurations underwent turbulent relaxation, leading to a final state that conserved topological degree and was less relaxed than that predicted by Taylor theory — the final state for the pigtail braid featured two flux tubes of opposite twist.
Coronal heating by the partial relaxation of twisted loops