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tail, noun

Origin:
Elliptical for tail-feather.
Ostrich-farming
A short feather taken from the tail of an ostrich; boo. See also black butt, feather sense a.
c1881 A. Douglass Ostrich Farming 80The only feathers the grower should wash are old feathers that have got soiled and..occasionally tails that are heavy with mud.
1955 G. Aschman in Saron & Hotz Jews in S. Afr. 130The names of all the different types of feathers..bodies, tails..broken tails, bloods.
A short feather taken from the tail of an ostrich; boo.

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