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.
1886 C. Cowen in S. Afr. Exhibition 1885 408White Tails — The best parcels of these were in Messrs P. & P. Rabie’s exhibit.
1890 A. Martin Home Life 109T— arranged prime whites, blacks, tails, feminas, chicken feathers..according to length, colour, and quality.
1909 J.E. Duerden in Agric. Jrnl of Cape of G.H. XXXIV. 524Tails or Boos,..are the tail quills, being white, or white and brown in the cock, and light or dark in the hen.
c1911 S. Playne Cape Col. 323A first prize was won for cock’s tails at Middelburg.
1930 M.F. Wormser Ostrich Indust. in S. Afr. (Sect. viii) 21Some signs of shortness in the supply of blacks, drabs and tails are shown.
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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