longtail

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

long +‎ tail

Noun[edit]

longtail (plural longtails)

  1. A common designation for an animal that has an unusually long tail relative to similar species.
  2. In Bermuda, an alternative name for the white-tailed tropicbird.
  3. A longtail boat.
  4. (colloquial) In the Isle of Man, a rat.

Usage notes[edit]

The colloquial usage derives from a relatively modern superstition that it is considered bad luck to use the word "rat".

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